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Senna: No Fear. No Limits. No Equal
Directed by narrative filmmaker Asif Kapadia, “
” is a biography of Formula One Brazilian racing legend Ayrton Senna. There are different approaches to or philosophies of documentary film production. Kapadia chose the road less travelled—he used archival footage exclusively to tell the racer’s jaw-dropping story.
“Senna” is distributed by Universal Studios. As I viewed the logo I wondered how this film received such mainstream attention. Given the massive number of documentary films produced each year, major studio attention to a documentary film is a rarity. The answer came quickly. Senna is a graceful man, and despite—or because of—his passion for racing he is also a warm, thoughtful, and religious man who cares deeply for others.
Kapadia races his audience through the peaks and depths of Senna’s racing career. ‘Purity’ is a central theme of the story. More than once Senna speaks of his early professional go-cart racing in Brazil as pure
vis à vis
the corruption of the Formula One organization he discovered and confronted.
At film’s end we are stunned by the action we have just experienced as well as the noble character we have discovered.
The commercial DVD’s special features include: Interviews, Senna Family Home Videos, and Filmmakers’ Commentary.
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D. Schwartz August 17, 2016