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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.....
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...
Whether Ayrton Senna da Silva was the greatest driver who ever lived is arguable. It's very difficult to compare different periods of a sport dominated as much by constant technical progress as by driver skill. Asif Kapadia's documentary wisely shies away from making that claim, and for the most part remains dispassionate, letting the talking heads, and Senna's own words and deeds form the narrative.
And what a compelling narrative it is.
I think even anyone with the most cursory interest in Formula 1 would find something to enjoy in this documentary. It deals with the period from 1984 onwards when Senna began his F1 career with the small Toleman team, his previous steps up through go-karting are given only…
I've never been a fan of track racing, but I really liked this film. In fact, I was blown away by it. Not only because of how interesting the story is and how amazing the music is, but I'm astonished how well it can work as a narrative film. There are moments where you can't help but forget you're watching a documentary and think you're watching an actual film. I was surprised how this filmed pulled me in from the beginning and my eyes were glued to the screen until the very end. I cared about every moment and character, especially the insanely likable and sympathetic Ayrton Senna, despite not being a fan of racing and the ending was truly heartwrenching for me. This is such a near flawless film.
Easily one of the best sports documentaries of all time, 'Senna' instills tension and drama into an already familiar story, whilst managing to avoid the lazier traits of the documentary genre. Director Asif Kapadia had an incredible amount of archive footage to work with, meaning that no key moment went unseen, and the usual reliance on talking heads shots was absent completely. Anyway, if you don't want the 'story' ruined, look away now - using a spoiler tag on a doc seems silly but discretion is always polite.
Senna is really the ideal hero for this kind of documentary. His talents were seemingly unparalleled, but more important is the idea that he was a bastion of moral fortitude, fighting the…
I'm not a fan of F1, the only reason I decided to watch Senna is because of how mind blowing Rush was. I really like the fact that, the film is all aw archive footage, there's no talking head interviews or any cutting to a host, it's a very unique documentary. Something I didn't like about it was the lack of Niki Lauda.
This documentary really makes you feel for Senna, and I know nothing about F1 or Senna. I think the chronology is brilliantly done, it shows the events leading up to his death beautifully. I think the editing is really excellent the way it combines footage from different dates to make it look like its one piece of…
"and then he sighed and his body relaxed"
μια από τις μεγαλύτερες αθλητικές ιστορίες και ένα από τα καλύτερα archival footage ντοκιμαντέρ έβερ
'Senna' - wow, what a great doco. This was almost like watching 'Rush' again, but better. Charting the story of Ayrton Senna's rise to greatness until his tragic death, this is a thrilling piece of doco work. You really do get a true insight into this man, and how he was the best at what he did. Constructed from archival footage only, the doco is very informative about him and the racing world in general. A true icon of the sporting world.
A beautiful, excellently crafted film. Not a single shot feels wasted. It takes a lot of vision to rely only on archive footage, but "Senna" pulls it of perfectly, making us feel that we are not only being told a story, we are living it.
Okay, I'm really starting to worry about my attitude when it comes to documentaries. I want to like them, I really do. There's so many documentaries with topics that I should find really interesting, but this challenge that I've set myself is just showing me how badly I connect with them. I started with Dear Zachary, which was totally incredible so I was really happy and assumed my fear of documentaries was unfounded, but since then I've watched Capturing The Friedmans, Searching For Sugarman and now Senna and I have felt absolutely nothing whilst watching all of them. I want to get swept up in the real life narrative like I did with…
Fell asleep watching this - definitely one for F1 fans only
Impressive and intense portrait.
The fact that I didn't already know this story before seeing SENNA for the first time blows my mind. The fact that such a larger-than-life figure was in sports and left such an impact during my lifetime and I knew nothing about it until 2011 is just a testament to how poorly sports are covered in America.
Having now (finally) watched Senna, I think I've lost the last bit of my patience with documentary filmmakers who can't put together a decent documentary. This is a masterclass - everything you need to know about how to do it properly is contained within this film's 106 minutes. They managed to tell a complete story with a narrative arc, villains, heroes and redemption, and they managed to do itonly with found footage. No talking heads at all.
Blew me away.
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