Leclerc set for remake of controversial driving movie

Ruben Hill
May 23, 2020

C'etait un Rendezvous shot to infamy, with Parisian authorities not impressed with what had occurred.

This weekend was the original date for the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix.

But Lelouch's body of work also includes the epic short film "C'était un Rendez-vous" which depicts a driver's 8-minute mad dash from Paris' Porte Dauphine to Montmartre, a sequence entirely shot in a single take in the early hours of the morning with an onboard view and supported by the roaring sound of a Ferrari 275 GTB rushing past numerous lovely city's landmark sites.

Leclerc grew up in Monaco but has retired from all four of his races around his home streets, with two successive DNFs in Formula 1 joining his double retirement in Formula 2 in 2017. A request to close the streets of Paris for filming had been refused, however Lelouch went forward anyway early one Sunday morning. As the Ferrari press release says: "Some appointments in the calendar can not be forgotten. they cry out to be honoured and transformed into an opportunity".

There's more significance to this weekend than just a potentially awesome end result, too, because "Le Grand Rendez-Vous" will be the first post-lockdown film shoot in France.

Ferrari agreed to take part in this short film as a way of "demonstrating support for its tifosi, clients and supporters as an expression of hope that the world will gradually be able to absorb the painful and complex health crisis which has affected everyone".

Which, of course, is all very good.

The protagonists this time will be the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the Prancing Horse's first series production hybrid model, and the Monegasque talent, who will take Ferrari's new entry on a first breathtaking drive through the Principality's winding streets and roads. It should want for nothing more.

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