Hooniverse's Greatest Director Films Hooniverse's Greatest Opening Sequence

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a27pCW2DPc0[/youtube]

The above clip is from the beginning of a 1986 French movie called Un homme et une femme, 20 ans déjà,” which is about…I’m not sure exactly, but it’s certainly not about a bunch of guys who bash up a Lancia Thema, Saab 900, Mercedes-Benz 190E, BMW 528i, Peugeot 505, and a Renault 25 in spectacular fashion.
Then again, this movie is directed by Claude Lelouch, who is—let’s face it—the only director Hoontastic enough to get away with such a sequence. I can imagine what he told the producers when he was filming this: “Ok, so we’re gonna have a couple guys driving really fast. And they’re gonna drive through the woods and on a soaking-wet skidpad that I’ve selected because it looks like a Need for Speed track. And they’re gonna bump into each other and skid and crash into each other because apparently they really don’t like each other, or they’re trying to commit insurance fraud. So they jump off ramps a couple times for no particular reason. Oh, and we’ll have to close down a highway, score some dramatic timpani music, and go buy a couple of brand-new midsize European sedans that will eventually be destroyed.
“Oh, and if you’ve got any leftover film, uh, I’ll take it off your hands. No reason.”
If Hooniverse ran the Golden Globes, we would hire Ricky Gervais to host every year award Lelouch the Lifetime Achievement Award. Forever.

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  1. kah Avatar
    kah

    who needs Lelouch ?
    Blake Z. Rong said…
    “Ok, so we’re gonna have a couple guys driving really fast. And they’re gonna drive through the woods and on a soaking-wet skidpad that I’ve selected because it looks like a Need for Speed track. And they’re gonna bump into each other and skid and crash into each other because apparently they really don’t like each other, or they’re trying to commit insurance fraud. So they jump off ramps a couple times for no particular reason. Oh, and we’ll have to close down a highway, score some dramatic timpani music, and go buy a couple of brand-new midsize European sedans that will eventually be destroyed."
    man give this Blake guy a hand full of Flip Video cameras some super clamps a fresh copy of Final Cut Pro and let him at it.
    who else needs popcorn?

    1. Deartháir Avatar
      Deartháir

      Trust me, we don't want to give that kind of equipment to Blake. The last time we did, we ended up with 8 hours of footage involving himself, a pizza-making machine, some pleather pants being put on and removed, an old Honda and some English balls.
      I'm still in therapy.

  2. ɹǝʌoɹ ǝБuɐɹʇs Avatar
    ɹǝʌoɹ ǝБuɐɹʇs

    I love how when they hit the dirt early on, it's the FWD Saab 900 that's getting the most sideways/oppo, all so beautifully controlled. Made me really miss hooning mine on wet/snowy roads. Lift throttle oversteer in those cars is so predictable, driving sideways is like playing Sega Rally set on 'easy'.

  3. bboxy Avatar
    bboxy

    the jumps at the end are great!

  4. dwegmull Avatar
    dwegmull

    Based on the French voice, one of the drivers is the main character of the movie and he is a professional stunt driver. He can't come to the phone right now because he is on the track filming a car commercial. Apparently he has just been asked to design the course for the next Paris to Dakar rally.
    By the way, Claude Lelouche also directed (and drove) "c'était un rendez-vous".
    [youtube COyab3YQS48 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COyab3YQS48 youtube]

    1. TX_Stig Avatar
      TX_Stig

      Having been to many of the places shown in this video, I can attest to the fact that this is, indeed, the proper way to get around in Paris. At least it seems that way from the back seat of a taxi.

  5. vwminispeedster Avatar
    vwminispeedster

    My dad has told me about A Man and a Woman but I have never seen this bit until today. I'd say its a good start to a film.

  6. scroggzilla Avatar
    scroggzilla

    And here's another clip (with the soundtrack remixed)
    [youtube yH0Mi0yW22s&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH0Mi0yW22s&feature=related youtube]

  7. vwminispeedster Avatar
    vwminispeedster

    ahhh yes. as Dad described it with the, Dubba Dubba Duh, Dubba Dubba Duh, ding ding ding ding music

  8. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    The intro is from A Man and a Woman, 20 Years Later.
    I believe the main male character is a racecar driver… and his commute to work is clearly better than any other…

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