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July 20, 2011


Senna You couldn't hope for a more exciting and informative introduction to Formula 1 racing than through this fascinating biopic about Brazilian race car legend Aryton Senna. Using strictly archive footage, documentarian Asif Kapadia puts the audience inside the life and mind of the fiercely competitive, intelligent, and charismatic multi-Grand Prix champion. Senna elevated Formula 1 racing during the '80s and '90s. His deep influence on the sport is still felt today. Thrilling driver's-eye footage from inside Senna's car during Grand Prix races gives a rush of adrenaline that is impossible to explain. You have to witness it for yourself. Senna's miraculous driving ability to adapt to rainy conditions on the track comes across in amazing racing footage. Home movies, TV broadcasts, and interview and press conference segments evince a clear-eyed look at the ugly politics that go on behind the scenes of the sport.

The intense rivalry between Senna and Alain Prost sits as a centerpiece in the racing career of a man who lived to race. Senna's articulate ability to express his ideas and philosophy without ego or hubris is a thoroughly refreshing experience. Many Grand Prix champions have come and gone, but after seeing this film you will only remember one, his name is Aryton Senna.

Rated PG-104. 104 mins. (A) (Five Stars - out of five/no halves)


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