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Backwards French Cars by Michel Gondry (Redusernab Weird Week)

Yes, it’s Weird Week over here at Redusernab. Even if I like to think of the ‘Verse as some sort of ideal dimension where cool cars are the norm and normal cars are blown out of the water, this amazingly strange concoction of back-asswards cars on a French film set just blew all our minds and seriously twisted our proportions of weirdness. That Weird French Car article from earlier today is nothing compared to this stuff (sorry!).

, as some of you might know, is a wonderfully strange French film director who made his name creating dreamlike music videos (for Björk, Massive Attack, Foo Fighters, Radiohead – every big ’90s artist/band that can find artsiness within itself, so to say) and then moved onto weird films such as Be Kind Rewind and The Science of Sleep. Props made from scratch with childlike gusto are common in his films, and these frontwards-turned-backwards cars are a continuation on the wacky theme.

The greatest thing about these creations, as well as the super-intense colour choices, are that it’s not necessarily parts of the same car that help make the transition to something else. The parts can have come from absolutely anything, and it’s actually fun to and spot parts from something else completely. Opel Ascona parts on a Renault 19, a 605 front on an Espace’s ass, you get the picture.

Mechanically, most of the cars appear unchanged, but it’s sometimes difficult to tell which end is the original front end. Some of the cars (presumably the ones that get driven) have two sets of controls.

The prop cars will be featured in a of Boris Vian’s 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream with Audrey Tautou of fame. Why that requires Euro cars done up in the style of “Picasso and MC Escher take over West Coast Customs” is anybody’s guess. Anybody read the book? Bueller? Bueller?


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  • I stared at that second photo for a long time before I realised it wasn't just some camera trickery.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Crash! done right.

  • Vavon

    I laughed hard at this one… It should be called LeFrogue!
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  • Michel Gondry sure has a strange imagination. A couple of my friends have a DVD of his music videos and it's a mind trip. The first time I watched it I was pretty drunk and it blew my mind haha.

  • K5ING

    The French have been doing this for years. Check out the Renault 900 factory job from 1959.

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  • Sjalabais

    Wow, all that work. And I didn't even get started on my windscreen rustwork before mye feet got all wet.

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  • wow 🙂