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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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Brilliant! Decided to watch this because I was so impressed with Kapadia's later film "Amy". Kapadia is the master of celebrity documentaries, I reckon.
Even though I/we all know how both Ayrton Senna's and Amy Winehouse's lives ended, both films are so well constructed and use so much real footage that they are more gripping than any non-documentary that is "cinematic re-creation" of a star's life (for example, the Beach Boys movie "Good Vibrations").
Nothing beats seeing the actual faces and hearing the words of these two charismatic individuals. I don't care how accomplished the actor might be.
And both films show that Shakespearean-level tragedy can occur in real life and in our time. It's heart-breaking to see these two…
Súper bien hecho, me gustó más que el de AMY.
One of the greatest documentaries ever! Beyond the story that it is simply dazzling the soundtrack from Antonio Pinto is something apart so good as it is! The movie captivated from the beginning till the end.
Best Ayrton Senna documentary i´ve ever seen till now. It shows in a very genuine form, Ayrton´s mastery and why he became the best formula 1 driver in the world and still recognized as such, even after more then 20 years of his death.
More than just a story about two rivals in the same team, Senna offers an enlightening perspective in to the political aspect Formula One through the eyes of the passionate Brazilian pilot who became a beacon of hope for an entire nation.
Finally got around to watching Senna and its crafted to perfection. Despite this, and the incredible race footage, it felt quite anaemic. I had no real sense of the dangers or thrills of motor racing.
Honestly, I thought Rush was better....
A documentary that is about movie then most movies I've seen recently
Great documentary. I'm not a formula one fan, but this was gripping the whole way through.
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.
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