C'était un Rendezvous

What happens when someone races a Ferrari through Paris: not waiting for pedestrians, not waiting for green lights, not waiting for even a second!

C’était un Rendezvous is what happens. It’s like ten minutes of playing Grand Theft Auto in real life! Blurb:

On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris. The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.

Here’s a torrent for this crazy 35MB quicktime and here’s the movie on my server if you are bittorrent challenged.

Update: A study estimating the car’s speed and the route map.