A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
Very strong documentary that feels genuinely exhilarating. Like 2015's Amy, Senna is dizzingly tragic, as we are brought into the world of a tragic figure only to be flung towards their inevitable tragic ends. A really heartbreaking piece of filmmaking, that focuses more on celebrating Senna and the role he played for his country and for his sport than on exploring the inner workings of his personal life.
Day 316 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 46: Go sports!
Who knows what it is but there is a notable lack of icons, rivalries and legacies in the sporting world today. At the very least, arenas that once dominated the public imagination and inspired generations of fanatics and athletes seem to be either forgotten, ignored or, worst of all, reduced to triviality. Look back far enough or at least to the 20th century and you'll find whole generations and eras given to these giants, monuments and pulp entertainment.
From his debut on the Formula One circuit in 1984 to his final race in 1994, Ayrton Senna was one of these figures. A talented driver, a…
they made prost look like a real dickhead.
Very good and intense documentary about the great Formula 1 racer Ayrton Senna. Especially interesting for me was the rivalry between the Brazilian and his teammate turned enemy Alain Prost.
I'm too Brazilian to watch this without crying
My family has always been invested in racing, so it's cool to know that this is one of my brother's favorite movies. I don't know what it is about Formula 1 films, but they are so compelling and engaging. Senna excels in editing uptempo footage to seamlessly mesh with analytical narration. Despite knowing beforehand of the runtime, as soon as it started, I lost track of time from being so engaged. I love how Ayrton's passion is presented, by the many narrative voices, in a way that expresses fear and wonder simultaneously. This combination translates very well to Ayrton's expressions of assertiveness and humility alike. I really don't have any complaints. Senna is an excellently edited, interestingly narrated, and all-around well-made documentary. The more Formula 1 I watch, documentary or actual races, the more I appreciate it.
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…
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…