Senna [DVD] 
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Senna is the true story of Brazilian motor-racing legend, Ayrton Senna, whom many believe was the greatest driver who ever lived. Spanning Senna’s titanic Formula One career, the film charts his physical and spiritual journey, both on track and off; his quest for perfection and his ultimate transformation from a supremely gifted novice, who exploded into F1 in 1984, to myth after the tragic events of Imola in 1994. Made with the full co-operation of the Senna family and Formula One Management, Senna is the first official documentary feature about his life, featuring astounding archive material, much of which is previously unseen.
- Feature Commentary with Director and Filmmakers
- The Greatest Victory Of All
- Home Videos
- "Lost" Radio interview with Gerald Donaldson
- Brazil Trailer
- Japan Trailer
- International Trailer
You don’t have to be familiar with Formula One--or the tragic destiny of Ayrton Senna--to enjoy this visceral encounter with one of racing’s finest talents. Spanning a decade of Formula One from 1984, Senna picks through archive footage to show a world where traditional driving skills are under threat from the unsporting forces of big business and technical engineering. A gifted newcomer, Senna goes from anonymity at the back of a rain-soaked debut at Monaco to three-time world champion--earning him legendary status in Brazil and igniting the hopes of a struggling population along the way. Between races director Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Far North) shows us an isolated figure: unskilled at the politics of Formula One and speaking to journalists about ‘pure driving' as a metaphor for life. On the track, his fierce will to win--fuelled by a bitter rivalry with team-mate Alain Prost--pushes him to the limits of racing brinkmanship, and the scenes of Senna dueling in the wet, weaving down the straight or accelerating towards the disappearing space of a corner rank among the greatest moments of any sports documentary. --Leo Batchelor
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The way the movie is handled and researched, shot with dignity and respect but maintaining an engrossing tension, is immense and full credit to the makers. The footage of some of the actual racing is terrifying in an adrenaline fuelled way..Breath-taking stuff! The part where Senna over takes every other driver in the pouring rain at Monaco is something to behold, pure genius. It has footage from paticular positioned cameras i didnt even think existed back then.
The rivalry between Alain Prost and Ayrton was gripping stuff. Prost being the fighter, the competer against Senna's dignified, reserved but raw talent.
Ayrton Senna seemed like an emotional, sensitive human being and that is something, that publically at least, you rarely see in the world of sport. A humble, generous man fighting against a corrupt, money driven sport, that still rmains contrived to this day.
Music is added that really fits composed by a fellow brazillian.
It was frustration through all the corruption that killed Senna, well that and a steering wheel support piece going straight through the temple. A crying shame that makes you ponder lots of things like why they didnt postpone the race after Ratzenburger's death at qualifying. A must watch for all F1 fans but also for those people that want to see how to make a fantastic documentary about a dangerous sport.
For me however the best part of the film was the rare footage of the drivers meetings before races, I've never seen these before and that for me alone was worth the purchase of this DVD. It showed how Senna wore his heart on his sleeve at all times fighting for what he thought was right and just how badly he was treated by Jean Marie Balestre, the then president of the FIA.
Another feature on the main disc is that there is a complete commentary in English from the makers of this docufilm. Its certainly worth listening to their thoughts and views on Senna and how they went about making this film and using the best and most poignant footage that they possibly could.
Also included is a 2nd bonus DVD disc which contains interviews with F1 race commentators from the 1980's along with insight from Ron Dennis and Alain Prost. Some of the comments are absolutely spell binding and are certainly worth watching. You also get your usual cinema trailers from Japan and other places around the world.
Going back to the docufilm itself, the only negative point I could find is that in my opinion it could do with being about 45 minutes longer! Some of Sennas later battles were not really covered (eg Monaco in 1992 with Nigel Mansell or that race at Donnington in 1993 where he literally destroyed the whole field).Read more ›
It tells the story of Brazilian Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna's time in the sport. He arrived in Europe as an unknown go-karter but his talent was obvious and he soon joined Formula 1. He graduated from the small Toleman team to the more prestigious Lotus and finally to McLaren where he was a team mate of Alain Prost. They were the two best drivers at the time and their rivalry was so intense that they eventually stopped speaking to one another after many racing incidents between them.
The best parts of the movie are the brilliant race footage and the many interviews with Senna at various stages of his career. Senna was remarkably frank in describing his feelings about the internal politics of Formula 1. There is also great footage of pre-race drivers meetings. At these Senna wasn't slow in expressing his feelings at what he saw as the favouritism of the FIA authorities towards Prost.
All commentary and interviews are included as voice-over or sub-titles. There are no "talking heads".
Senna comes across as an unusual character for a Formula 1 driver. People such as McLaren boss Ron Dennis and chief F1 doctor Sid Watkins speak of what a great man he was, as well as being a great driver. There is plenty of footage of Senna's personal life, including his charitable work in Brazil and a fascinating clip from a Brazilian TV show where the blonde presenter unashamedly chats him up!
Unfortunately most people watching the movie will be aware of how tragically it ends. The fatal weekend at Imola is covered in depth from the death of Roland Ratzenberger in practice to on board footage of Senna's final lap during the race.Read more ›
Being a Senna fan since I was a child, now a 35 year old adult. This may come across as a little "bias".
But this was one of the best films I have seen in the last 10 years.
It was well put together and honest...though it didn't show much of Senna's "dark side" we all knew he had.
It is not a film trying to prove how good/bad he was. It's showing how dedicated, passionate and humble he was.
You don't have to be a Senna or F1 fan to enjoy this. You just have to enjoy good documentary making.
I thought I knew everything about the man, but this film showed a lot of behind the scenes stuff I didn't know existed. Footage I have never seen in the many years of being a fan.
The 89/90 Prost/Senna battle was well covered in this film and revealed a few facts I was not aware of. Mainly the "favourable" FIA rulings lead by a fellow country-man of Prost.
Seeing the driver's meetings where everyone was in agreement with Senna over "certain" rules and regulations and he didn't even say a word. Yet the FIA "boss" was clearly being bais and "helping" Prost win.
Great to watch and see what really happend behind the scenes.
Senna's 91 win in Brazil took my breath away. Again, while I knew it was tough on him. 7 laps stuck in 6th gear...in the rain and he still won. Senna did the impossible and pushed a car beyond anything anyone knew it could do.
Seeing this in the documentary and hearing about how bad Senna was after the race, fainting in the car, the pain on his face as he was removed, the muscle cramps. Then watching him struggle on the podium to lift the trophy.
Nevermind his records and championships. This single race must have been his crowning achievement.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I went to the cinema to watch this movie knowing next to nothing about Senna and I left loving him. The portrayal of his character is magnificent. Read morePublished 22 days ago by RoseLovesRomance
Very well made account of Senna's career. The director allowed the footage to speak for itself which enabled the intensity of the F1 scene to reach out to the viewer without any... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew osborne
I watched Asif Kapadia's documentary about Amy Winehouse before watching Senna as I am a big fan of Amy's music. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Miss Nicola J Stead