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Sundance 2011: Tears and thrills from the Formula One track in 'Senna' | 24 Frames | Los Angeles TimesSundance 2011: Tears and thrills from the Formula One track in 'Senna'
January 22, 2011 | 10:30 am
Sometimes a documentary will unexpectedly reach out and grab you by the throat, not giving you a second to breathe. That's that way it was with "Senna," which had its North American premiere Friday night in Sundance's world documentary competition.
Fans of Formula One racing will know at once that this is a film about the legendary Brazilian Ayrton Senna, considered by some to be the greatest driver who ever lived. A boy genius behind the wheel, capable of pushing cars beyond their capacity, Senna won 33 races and three Grand Prix titles before dying in a crash in 1994 at age 34.
Told solely through the use of archival footage, "Senna" is bursting with great racing sequences, many dealing with his bitter rivalry with French champion Alain Prost. But what makes this film so riveting is the remarkable personality of the man himself.
Someone who just flat-out loved to drive, Senna was a purist who had complete disdain for the politics that had to be played in the cliquish Formula One world. Though he drove like the devil, he was a spiritual person who believed deeply and profoundly in a higher power. A philosophical mystic with a jewel thief's nerves and a poet's sensitivity (and good looks), Senna was an altogether remarkable human being.
"Senna" is fortunate in having Asif Kapadia, best known for his award-winning dramatic debut, "The Warrior," in charge. A British director with a keen sense of drama and a gift for narrative drive, Kapadia also had, said screenwriter and executive producer Manish Pandey, the kind of impeccable eye needed to cull 104 minutes of film from 15,000 hours of archival footage.
Though everything about "Senna" took forever -- years to get the cooperation of both the Senna family and the Formula One hierarchy, further years to do the archival research and then to edit -- the result has been extraordinarily satisfying to the team that spearheaded the work.
Pandey talked about showing the film to Ron Dennis, the head of the McLaren racing team, a man known for being unemotional and so conscious of not wasting a minute of time that he has a car and driver waiting for him everywhere he goes.
"After the film ended, Ron Dennis cried for 10 minutes," Pandey said. "Then he sat and talked about Senna for two hours." Such is the power of this man, and this film.
-- Kenneth Turan
Photo: Ayrton Senna in the driver's seat in a scene from "Senna." Credit: Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival
In YOUR opinion, but then that appears to be the only one that maters to you :beatdead:Jackie Stewart, Clark, Fangio, and all those mentioned before where unquestionably great drivers …perhaps even more talented as well?
But in my opinion, Senna stands out as the best because of his resolute will to persevere and overcome his limits.
I think this Picture says it all.
Racing was truly in his blood.
Grand Prix Hall of Fame - Ayrton Senna - Biography
Speed has a Fantasy F1 league, or at least did a couple of season ago when I last looked.
Agreed, I'm not a fan of any one specific class of racing. That said, you can't ignore a guy who did the following:I think the original premise is best DRIVER of all time, not best rider...AND I believe the OP's intent, although not explicit, was limiting to F1. Otherwise you'd have to fit Richard Petty in there somewhere.
Thanks Critterman. I totally agree. I think that Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso, and Button all, (like Gille Villeneuve did at times) had their moments. But I've yet to see that consistent resolute inspirational spirit that Senna possessed every time he drove a race car. Alonso had it at first, but it seems to have gone away. For now Vettel seems to be the only hope ...we'll see? Hope he doesn't become a victim of the politics.
arty:arty:arty::glol::glol::glol:YouTube - Hot Rod Herman Drag-u-la vs Munster Koach
GRANDPA MUNSTER, Hands down:thumbs:
:agree: you sure know your Munsters! Not bad for a guy 378 years old:lol: 0-180 in just a few seconds!arty:arty:arty::glol::glol::glol:
That's funny Mitch!!! That's when Grandpa had to build that super hot rod in order to win back the family wagon, that Herman lost in a drag race against little Eddie's friend's dad. Yup, Grandpa was for sure the best drag racer ever!!!arty::thumbs:
FORMULA ONE - F1: Vettel In Senna's League, Schumacher Not - AscanelliSebastian Vettel is in Ayrton Senna's league, but Michael Schumacher is not.
That is the sensational claim of Giorgio Ascanelli, the highly talented engineer who worked closely not only with Vettel at Toro Rosso, but also with the great Senna at McLaren.
"I am very lucky," the Italian told Sport Bild. "Twice in my life I have experienced perfection; once with Senna, again with Vettel."
But Ascanelli also worked with Schumacher, the most successful F1 driver of all time, at Ferrari.
"In one respect Michael was different because he had to work harder for his success than did Senna and Vettel. With those two it was something else," he insisted.
Added Gerhard Berger: "Before the season began I thought (Fernando) Alonso was the best driver, but maybe now it's Sebastian."