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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...
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…
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.
A must watch for all fans of formula 1 and for all those who aren't. The story of one the greatest sporting heroes of the 20th century.
Fantastic. The usage of actual footage is brilliant.
GOTTA GO FAST!
A documentary or biography of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, who became a global sensation, and a revered man in his native Brazil, before meeting a sudden, tragic end at only 34 years of age. I always like like when I a Documentary I start to do research on that one person and this movie hit it in the spot.
Surprised by the acclaim Senna has received. I don't love Formula 1, but I watch it occasionally and I have a co-worker that lives and breathes it. I guess through the conversations with him and through the reading I've done myself about the sport, I've learnt enough about Ayrton Senna to see this is a skin-deep doco at best. One that is mostly just a highlights package rather than a proper revelatory piece of non-fiction film-making.
Senna is certainly well put together - it unfolds at a brisk pace and the path from beginning to end does reveal enough about the man to paint him as a determined individual. But I'm more than a bit disappointed, I thought given its reputation that it'd be something really special. My F1 loving co-worker recommends the documentary 1.
Well, I know that people love this film but I feel that if you are not a huge race car aficionado it comes off as very very boring and feels about five hours long. Maybe you're not supposed to watch it if you don't love racing, but I think a great doc about anything should at least somewhat pull an uninformed viewer in to the story. Unfortunately, this one did not. The stars it did get in my rating is because I can recognize that anyone who loves racing or this particular man, Senna, will really appreciate all of this footage laid out. That counts for something -- just not for a whole lot with me.
Um documentário magnifico, emocionante e perfeito! Conta o seu dia a dia dentro e fora das pistas. Admito que quando acabei de ver fiquei com um nó na garganta. O mais triste é que ele teve que morrer para haver mudanças que há muito já se pedia para mudar na formula 1! Vale mesmo a pena ver !
An utterly stunning documentary, pieced together from some wonderful archive footage. I knew the basics of the Ayrton Senna story, but the smaller details - how much of an inspiration he was to the people of Brazil, how you can visibly see interviewers falling in love with him, his arms shaking as he struggles to lift a trophy with battered arms - are what make this an incredibly powerful portrait of a genuinely amazing man.
Speed kills, wow. This certainly lived up to its reputation. Incredibly well-crafted and engaging documentary about the life and death of Brazillian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. With no talking heads (at least not in the regular version), relying soley on archival footage, the film builds almost like a car race itself.
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