Today is supposed to be the Monaco Grand Prix. Like many events in the world of motorsports in 2020, it’s not happening this year. Another victim of the virus. But the streets of Monaco will still be closed to the public today, not for the race, but for Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc as he shoots his scenes for a remake of the classic ‘C’etait un Rendezvous’.
The original 1976 French film shows an 8 minute, high-speed drive through the streets of Paris early on a Sunday morning. Director Claude Lelouch shot the original short in a single take, driving at break-neck speeds through public roads. There was no permit to shoot this OG fast and furious film; the driver blows through 18 red lights, drives opposite traffic on one way streets, and takes to a sidewalk to avoid a garbage truck. When the film was first screened, there was public outrage at the director. He was subsequently arrested and his license taken away, briefly. The film has since become legendary.
Charles Leclerc is living a charmed life. He is the undisputed number one driver at Scuderia Ferrari, just signed a contract with Italian designer Giorgio Armani, and his inclusion in such a legendary project as ‘C’etait un Rendezvous’ with original director Lelouch will only build on Leclerc’s mythology.