It was 5:30 one morning in August 1976. Claude Lelouch he was about to go Paris aboard a Benz 450SEL Mercedes-6.9... more than 200 km / h. 'C'était un rendezvous'It was an appointment. Lelouch and his unusual story titled, as in an attempt to excuse what was inexcusable and 40 years later still captivates us every time we envision the result of that irresponsibility perpetrated just hours after preparation.

Claude Lelouch with, who was at the controls of the German sedan, were Jacques Lefrançois as director of photography and Henri Querol as key grip on this particular crew. The sequence shot faster in the history of cinema would last little more than 8 minutes and a half, and set a precedent interesting for those who, inspired in one way or another by Lelouch, have portrayed reality through a windshield.

The only trick that allowed Claude Lelouch was double the sound Benz 450SEL 6.9 Mercedes-Ferrari 275 GTB with, somewhat slapdash way, and have external support in a blind spot of the route.

French filmmaker, who at the time of filming 'C'était un rendezvous' and had 20 films in his filmography, used a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 despite his automatic three relationships are not allowed to obtain such a spectacular sound as finally he adorned that movie. He dubbed the soundtrack without paying much attention to the synchronization between what looked and listened, in what may be the worst technical detail of the entire film.

The reason for choosing this Mercedes-Benz sedan, a car of his own, was the hydropneumatic suspension Daimler had released two years ago on this vehicle, which pump a suspension movement received directly from the timing belt, and not by a drive belt.

And why was it so important that the car that 'C'était un rendezvous' is rolled dispusiera hydropneumatic suspension? Exact: to increase the stability of the camera, which was mounted on the front of the vehicle. More than important when one wheel quadrupling the maximum speed of the streets of Paris, especially when flying through the cobbled streets of Montmartre, where Lelouch complete its journey.

Hurtling through the center of Paris

The route followed by Claude Lelouch was a walk in the center of Paris, hardly we leave out any of the most emblematic areas of the city of light. Porte Dauphine to the Arc de Triomphe, toured the Champs Elysees, passed the Obelisk, and up to the Louvre, occurred it might be the riskiest point of all the intense filming of 'C'était un rendezvous . ' Lelouch crossed the arches of Palace at full speed (3:20 to 3:36) without any visibility.

The truth is that here the filmmaker had outside help, a partner who He should notify radio if there was a problem. To reach the Louvre radio remained silent, so Claude Lelouch deduced that had free rein. What happened, however, was that the radio did not work, and only the coincidence made the shooting would not end in tragedy. Other points where 'C'était un rendezvous' risked others were crossing a bus in front of the Louvre (3:18), the garbage truck in the middle of the street (5:55) or MINI through the plane (6:45).

As it is known, 'C'était rendezvous' resulted in red lights 16 Skipped one after another, with countless risk situations for the crew and everyone who crossed his path, and the arrest of reckless driving Claude Lelouch. It was an appointment, according to the French filmmaker. And 40 years ago that appointment with the girl, in the heart of Paris.