Sunday, 24 May 2020 was supposed to be the date of the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix. The race event was, of course, suspended due to the worldwide pandemic, but Ferrari has teamed up with French film director Claude Lelouch and team driver Charles Leclerc in an attempt to create something that will keep the Tifosi occupied while the world heals. The result is a new short film, Le Grand Rendez-Vous, starring the SF90 Stradale, inspired by Lelouch’s classic 1976 film, C’était Un Rendez-Vous.
C’était Un Rendez-Vous was shot with a camera fitted to the nose of the director’s Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9. The result is eight minutes of sprinting through the morning streets of Paris, though with a better soundtrack courtesy of a Ferrari 275 GTB, due to its more impressive voice. The project was impromptu in nature, with only two persons other than Lelouch being aware of it — something that becomes obvious when you see other driver’s reactions as Lelouch drives around in the film.
The new film, Le Grand Rendez-Vous, was better planned. Traffic was stopped for filming, and behind the steering wheel of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale was none other than F1 driver Charles Leclerc. The Monégasque took the hybrid model through the Monaco’s street circuit and clocked speeds of up to 240 km/h.
We’ll have to wait until 13 June to see the result but for now, let’s revisit the original 1976 classic below.