“C’était un Rendez-vous” (which interprets to “It Was a Date”) might be one of the well-known least-well-known automotive movies: An eight-or-so minute high-speed run via the almost empty streets of Paris, the entire thing shot from a digicam fitted to the bumper of what feels like a Ferrari (it was really a Mercedes 450SEL 6.9 with the engine noises from filmmaker Claude Lelouch’s 275GTB dubbed in). On the finish of the run, a lady waits. You may query why any self-respecting Frenchman would schedule a date that begins at daybreak, however nonetheless. (Should you’re considering watching it, some scoundrel posted the full movie to YouTube.) At present, Lelouch, who made the 1976 authentic and drove the digicam automotive, launched his pseudo remake, “Le Grand Rendez-Vous.” (So, “The Huge Date”—French loses all its magic if you translate it, doesn’t it?)
“Le Grand Rendez-Vous” was shot in Monaco on Sunday, Could 24, the day the canceled 2020 System 1 Monaco Grand Prix was alleged to be held. As a substitute, we’ve Monaco-born Scuderia Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and an honest-to-goodness Ferrari SF90 Stradale set free on the Grand Prix course. He runs it at excessive pace, and ready for him on the finish is—anticipate it, anticipate it—Prince Albert II of Monaco!
Leclerc offers the masked prince a thrill experience on the course, and then finishes to search out the lady ready. She now has a reputation: Rebecca the Florist. (Which might have sounded higher in French.) In actual life she’s Rebecca Blanc-Lelouch, granddaughter of director Lelouch and Gunilla Friden, the sweetness who was ready for him on the finish of the unique movie.
In contrast to the 1976 “Rendez–Vous,” “Le Grand Rendez-Vous” was a correctly organized manufacturing, with 15 cameras, two Ferraris, a full rehearsal (you possibly can see tire marks in a few of the photographs) and, y’know, permission. There are a scant few folks and vehicles on the course, and we assume they knew what was occurring when a 1,000-ish-hp Ferrari screamed by at full tilt.
Because of this, the brand new “Le Grand Rendez-Vous” doesn’t have the gritty made-on-impulse feeling of the reprehensibly harmful outlaw authentic, and it’s straightforward to dismiss this as a glorified Ferrari business. However it’s nonetheless a cool movie with a well-driven quick Ferrari and many motion. And masks. Watching it’s 5 and a half minutes effectively spent.
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