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Old 04-05-2011, 12:57 AM
 
Location: SW France
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I ripped through Paris in an original Mini. Does that count?

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Old 04-05-2011, 08:59 AM
 
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I ripped through Paris in an original Mini. Does that count?
I'll count it. Does "ripping" through as a passenger on a tour bus count for me?




Probably not.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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This short film caused a lot of controversy at the time of its making back in the 1970s.

It's a high speed drive through the streets of Paris (the one in France ) early one morning.

I put it here without comment;
Did he do that in my '38 Citroen 11? Notice that was produced by the same guy who made "A Man and a Woman" a few years earlier.
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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This short film caused a lot of controversy at the time of its making back in the 1970s.

It's a high speed drive through the streets of Paris (the one in France ) early one morning.

I put it here without comment;


YouTube - C_était un Rendez-vous.flv
I have a really hard time believing this wasn't staged. When are the streets of Paris -- a city nearly as densely populated as Manhattan -- ever this empty during daylight hours?
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:48 AM
 
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I have a really hard time believing this wasn't staged. When are the streets of Paris -- a city nearly as densely populated as Manhattan -- ever this empty during daylight hours?
It wasn't staged, the director was almost arrested when the film premiered. It was filmed very early in the morning right at daybreak. What most people don't realize about Paris even at that time is that the main commercial center is not in the downtown. The main business district lies on the outside of the city. If you get up first thing in the morning in the heart of Paris, it is rather empty as it is mainly residential and tourist in that area.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It wasn't staged, the director was almost arrested when the film premiered. It was filmed very early in the morning right at daybreak. What most people don't realize about Paris even at that time is that the main commercial center is not in the downtown. The main business district lies on the outside of the city. If you get up first thing in the morning in the heart of Paris, it is rather empty as it is mainly residential and tourist in that area.
The first night I was in Seoul, the streets were packed and bustling. But when we got up the next morning and went out to look for coffee, we couldn't find any---it was deserted. When I lived in the French Quarter, I walked to work in the morning, and I could walk down the middle of Bourbon Street---there was nobody about.

There is an extensive article in Wikipedia about this film:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%27%C3...un_rendez-vous

There are comments about the film in the message boards at IMDB:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169173/combined

There's a detailed technical analysis of the film which shows that a top speed of 136 mph was attained, at the 189-second mark of the actual running. That would be at about 3:30 of the YouTube counter, shortly after the bus pulls out..

http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2005/Rendezvous.shtml

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Old 04-08-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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It's also fair to mention that this was a while ago, and I'm sure it might be harder to do it again today, as Paris, like most cities are feeling the results of more cars per capita.

That said, people do stunts like these all the time, it's just a matter of not really caring about the law nor any potential consequence.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:51 PM
 
Location: SW France
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I've driven through a deserted City of London in the early hours of the morning on more than one occasion. It was a few years ago and I wasn't looking to break any speed limits and it was a woderful experience to seemingly have the place to yourself! Oh, and there was no congestion charge in those days!
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:27 PM
 
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It wasn't staged, the director was almost arrested when the film premiered. It was filmed very early in the morning right at daybreak. What most people don't realize about Paris even at that time is that the main commercial center is not in the downtown. The main business district lies on the outside of the city. If you get up first thing in the morning in the heart of Paris, it is rather empty as it is mainly residential and tourist in that area.
The main business district of Paris is in the center, not La Défense.
There are nearly 1 million jobs in Central Paris, especially near the Opéra and the Champs Elysées.
The heart of Paris has much more jobs than inhabitants and most of these jobs are not tourist related.

At 5 a.m streets are empty in any city.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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At 5am the streets in my city aren't empty enough to do that without killing yourself and/or someone else. And it's not nearly as dense as Paris. Maybe people just start stirring a little earlier here. Or maybe it's because my city is laid out in a grid pattern where you cross a major thoroughfare at a minimum of at least every mile, often every half-mile. Definitely not conducive to "fk it all" bonzai runs like this.
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