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The legend of the greatest driver who ever lived.
Senna's remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievments on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of Senna, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend's years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later.
Senna is an affectionate and compelling documentary more interested in the driver and the myth than deconstructing the man behind the wheel. That may sound critical, and those hoping for a more rounded and impartial documentary may well be disappointed, but this was never about demystifying the man but celebrating his abilities and his place in the hearts of millions of Brazilians.
The Senna-Prost rivalry was what attracted me to Formula 1 when I was a child and it is amazing how clearly I remembered many of the events that were replayed here. He may not have won the most championships but he was certainly one of, if not the, most gifted drivers and you were always expecting the impossible…
In light of the passing of Prof. Sid Watkins I thought I'd watch this again and for me, simply, it's the perfect documentary. Not only that, but I think it's the greatest movie about motor racing ever made, a testament to the film-makers that at moments you even forget you're watching a doc at all.
RIP Sid, I hope that you and your old mate Ayrton are finally on that boat doing a spot of fishing.....
Lewis Hamilton - F1 World Champion 2014
Today Lewis Hamilton became a double world champion.
His inspiration was Ayrton Senna, triple world champion.
Just wanted to commemorate a day worthy of commemoration.
Hopefully another title on its way to draw even with his idol.
Well done Lewis. You are an inspiration. Just as Ayrton was to you.
An amazing example of documentary film-making. No talking heads or contemporary footage. Everything is amazingly all film that was captured of Senna during his racing career.
An interesting story about and interesting and passionate man. Well worth a watch for all doco fans...
Everyone has their golden age for their particular sport and Formula 1 is no different in that regard. Growing up it was something that I became attached to, particularly on lazy Sunday afternoons when the races were still shown on free TV. As a growing teen in the late 80's to early 90's, this period was my Golden Age, a time of Senna, Prost and Mansell (bear with me), McClaren, Williams and Lotus at the top of the tree.
The natural thing as a kid is to follow your countryman and Mansell was the guy I would route for most weeks. As dull as he was, he was sensational compared to Damon Hill, a man devoid of not only a…
"There is a lot to learn, a lot to do, but I have plenty of time." ~ Aryton Senna
I lived in Japan during the decade covered by this documentary, 1984~94. I remember the great interest there in Brazilian F-1 driver Aryton Senna da Silva, who won at the Suzuka International Racing Course in 1988 and 1993. Although I never saw him race in person, I got to visit the “Suzuka Circuit” for a 500cc motorcycle race a couple of years after Senna's untimely death at age 34. It was an unforgettable experience, touring pit row, seeing the race in the rain and drinking in the excitement of professional motor sports.
For that reason, I felt closer to this film…
There's something oddly alluring and captivating about footage from the 80s and 90s. Kapadia's decision to replace the usual filmed interview format of documentaries with purely archival footage of races and interviews with Senna works greatly to enrich the storytelling. The world of Formula 1 seems very ripe with these sort of stories involving often tragic dedication to and pursuit of greatness, most likely because of the high stakes inherent to driving these remarkable machines. Senna's story, based solely on this film, strikes particularly strongly because he seemed mostly to be a genuine person who was true to what he loved and didn't seem as caught up in some of the more unsavory machinations of F1 politics. This is another…
Hits you right in the feels. The way the film shows this was always a possibility- from the car, to the circuit, to Ayrton Senna's 100% commitment personality made the inevitable even more devastating.
Top Gear and the way people drive on Britain’s roads have taken the sheen off anything to do with cars for me - although in a previous era, I did follow Formula 1 to a degree. That period is captured brilliantly in this tremendous documentary, pieced together lovingly via archive footage and similar in approach to the director’s later, ‘Amy’.
The pre-race drivers’ meetings are particularly gripping along with the corruption and national bias present in the international organising body FISA – familiar from other sports. It’s also good that any notion that Senna had a death wish is underplayed with cold hard facts largely stuck to – along with a large dollop of emotion.
There is a lot to go, a lot to learn, a lot do, but I have plenty of time.
+ Great Story, great man
+ Good work on showing old race footage in HD
+ Enjoyed the political aspect of F1 depicted
+ Ayrton Senna vs. Prost, the rivalry
- Some pacing issues : it goes from taking its time in the beginning to jumping time a lot towards the end
- Interviews are very limited (family and journalists) and the analysis on the accident is quite limited
"Sid, I can't quit."
Un retrato muy potente no sólo de Ayrton Senna, sino de la evolución de al Fórmula 1 hacia el negocio que es ahora. La escena del funeral de Senna es realmente impresionante.
Brilliant documentary detailing the story of Ayrton Senna, one of the best drivers in F1 ever. Highlighting the animosity between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna which provided the F1 with their own Beatles vs The Rolling Stones eternal fight over who was best.
Senna, my grandfather (Pa)'s favourite racer and one of my mother's as well. Racing has always been a big part of my life at least from a distance. I dig racing, but I don't have as much patience for it as the rest of my family except F1. Despite the dickheaded establishment behind it and the Fifa levels of money and corruption, there's something just awesome (for lack of a better word) about the spectacle of the racing.
The riveting on-board camera and classic race footage are absolutely brilliant and encapsulate the thrill of the sport. The look into Ayrton's life helped put a man and a heart behind the rampant myth-making, something which is never quite eclipsed by the…
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