Friday, September 2, 2011

A Savage Morning in Paris

So I was just watching the new Destroyer video for Savage Night at the Opera, when as soon as it started, it looked eerily familiar...

A friend once showed me this cult French short film for which the director was eventually arrested...  Clearly the inspiration, though not quite as dangerous.  More details on the original film below.

C'était un rendez-vous: A Cult Film by Claude Lelouch

"Filmed in 1976, it has become a classic staple of cinéma verité, literally “truth cinema”, a style of film making that is closer to the unpredictable and unscripted nature of documentaries. Although the film is over 30 years old, it remains very controversial. When you realize that this movie was filmed while speeding through the streets of Paris and with absolutely no blocked roads or movie permits, you quickly understand why people always have such a strong reaction to it. Claude Lelouch eventually admitted that it was a foolish act of manly bravado, but he said that at the time he loved film more than he loved the law and that the movie would never be as exciting without that constant feeling of danger. "

(Continued... smidgy • C'était un rendez-vous: A Cult Film by Claude Lelouch)

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