Rated PG-13 · 104 minutes · 2010

Documentaries these days take many forms. Quite a few of them probably wouldn’t qualify as “nonfiction” upon closer inspection, and a lot of the politically themed docs are simply polemics. Then there are movies like Senna, which is entirely composed of archival footage, features no narrator and keeps its focus on its subject, the late racecar driver Ayrton Senna. A while back, Senna was voted the best driver who ever lived by his contemporaries. The film looks at his spectacular rise and instant death on the track, going behind the scenes to cover the political nature of Formula 1 racing that Senna so despised, and taking viewers inside a rather complex mind and highly competitive spirit. In addition to being a marvelously assembled film, Senna tells a fascinating, sobering story. That’s another thing many documentaries don’t bother to do these days.

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Director: Asif Kapadia
Producer: Liza Chasin, Debra Hayward, Kevin Macdonald and Manish Pandey




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The Coast Halifax Adrenalized Senna Formula One doc is exciting even if you're not a fan of the sport by Carsten Knox 10/06/2011
Portland Mercury The Sport's Center Buckle up. Senna's about to take you for a ride. by Erik Henriksen 08/25/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector Shakespeare rolls over in his grave; Senna rolls to multiple victories; Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy roll out a $20 million heist; Harold and Kumar roll up some Christmas cheer. It's all at the movies. by Garrett Horstmeyer 11/04/2011
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Memphis Flyer Drive Doc portrait of late Formula One champ Ayrton Senna boasts the focus and velocity of its subject. by Chris Herrington 10/27/2011
Charleston City Paper Senna looks at the life of the late Brazilian Formula 1 superstar

Race car drivers, we know, go very, very fast, but rarely with the thoughtfulness and integrity shown by Brazilian Formula 1 superstar Ayrton Senna. In the ultra competitive speed-freak world of car racing, it seems slightly out of the norm for a racer to regularly consult with God mid-race. Then again, very little about the driver, who died from a racing injury in 1994, suggests he was run-of-the-mill. The documentary Senna makes a convincing case for the spirit the three-time Formula 1 world champion brought to the sport.

by Felicia Feaster 09/07/2011

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