Ferrari to shoot Monaco version of ‘Rendezvous’ movie

Filming will take place Sunday morning, when F1 race had been scheduled

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Ferrari F1 racer Charles Leclerc will drive a Ferrari SF90 Stradale through the streets of Monte Carlo for a short film in the style of 'Rendevous' | Ferrari photo

The Monaco Grand Prix race won’t take place May 24, but the circuit will be in use for the shooting of a short film by Ferrari and Charles Lelouch, the latter responsible for C’etait Un Rendez-Vous, the famed 1976 early-morning high-speed romp through Paris.

Also likely providing inspiration was the recent shooting of a similar film through the streets of Rome.

This time, a SF90 Stradale, Ferrari’s first series-production hybrid sports car, will be the camera mount for Le Grand Rendez-Vous, to be shot by Lelouch with Monegaseue F1 racing driver Charles Leclerc at control of the steering wheel.

“The new short evokes both the atmosphere of the beloved Grand Prix and the roar of the Ferrari 275 GTB that provided the instantly recognizable soundtrack to the 1976 film shot in Paris,” Ferrari said in its news release.

“This first post lockdown French shoot symbolically will also mark the start of a gradual return to the ‘new normal’ after the pandemic and the restart for the film industry, impacted significantly by recent restrictions.”

Ferrari said it welcomed partnership in the production “as a way of demonstrating support for its tifosi, clients and supporters as an expression of  hope that the world will gradually be able to absorb the painful and complex health crisis which has affected everyone, allowing us to begin to look positively towards the future, also in anticipation of the expected restart of the F1 season in July.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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