This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
Watched in June 2011
Aryton Senna was one of the world's greatest sportsmen and rose to fame during the Eighties as he began to domineer the sport he loved F1 motor racing. This documentary charts Senna's rise to fame from Brazil where is was born and started his racing career with go-cart racing and his first steps into F1 and onwards. His career was not only successful, but plagued with difficulties involving teammate Alain Prost, his dislike of the politics within Formula One and the knowledge that the sport itself was a dangerous one.
From the outset, with it's beautiful orchestration, you can tell this is going to be a spellbinding account; whether you like or loathe F1…
Ook deze tweede keer zéér indrukwekkend. We krijgen echt een goed gevoel voor wie Ayrton Senna was, en de niet eerder vertoonde beelden van het fatale raceweekend maken het extra wrang.
A must watch if you love F1. RIP Ayrton
A fantastic documentary about the original superstar of Formula One. Uplifting and tinged with sadness throughout I came away feeling a lot closer to the story of Ayrton Senna even though I had a rough idea of the story going in.
A tremendous piece of work and worth watching even if you have no interest in Formula One, this is a human story.
Deeply touching and compelling documentary. I don't know a thing about Formula One but Asif Kapadia's fantastic storytelling makes Senna easily accessible for anyone. It is a film about dreams, family and life in general.
I know absolutely nothing about Formula One or Senna. In other words, I went in blind and I was very happy I did. This was a great documentary that taught me that every International, Professional Sports League that starts with a "F" is shady at best (FISA and FIFA). It also taught me that when race car drivers say, "politics or political" what they truly mean is "corrupt or corruption". I loved the fact that only past footage was used and no cutaway to a talking head and while it was not balanced documentary I did not care because the overall story was so good.
SAW: at work (started 9/15)
Tight, visceral and emotionally affecting, Senna analyzes the career and life of a complex individual in thrilling, captivating fashion.
Not at all illuminating or useful to those of us with no prior relationship to the subject.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…