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Senna (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 24, 2011

80. Senna (Not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Senna.

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Senna is a documentary that presents the life and death of Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna.

(I think I’ve mentioned here that I have been exposed to Formula 1 racing for the first time this year.  My husband wanted to start watching it and I got completely sucked in.  I have quickly become versed in things like DRS and KERS, so much so that I explained them to the dentist a few weeks ago. While I’m talking about this, go check out the Wiki on my favorite driver, rookie Paul di Resta.)

Anyway, back to the movie.

Senna was born in Brazil, and started his racing career there in kart racing.  His talent was apparent, and he ended up racing in Europe and eventually transitioning into Formula 1.  My favorite part of this movie was the recap of his Formula 1 career, and his rivalry with fellow driver Alain Prost.  Much like today, the drivers tend to act very classy in public, but you can see that there is a lot of drama going on in the background.  Senna was a brilliant driver who took risks in order to win, and was even shown in the movie that saying that day that a driver doesn’t take the risks anymore, that’s the day they are no longer a driver.

Senna was LOVED in his native country of Brazil, and eventually won a race there, which had been a lifelong goal.  At the end of the film, he is back in Brazil, this time being buried after a fatal accident on the race track.

A large part of Senna’s legacy is in the safety standards and practices that are alive today in Formula 1, many enacted after Senna’s death, which happened during the same weekend as the death of another driver as well.  While accidents will always happen, a driver hasn’t died in Formula 1 since the accident that took the life of Ayrton Senna.

This film was super interesting to me, and it gave a very different view of Formula 1, since I have only started watching this year.  I can imagine though that Senna’s story is what is the most interesting, and would be so if he were in any number of sports.  I cannot recommend this enough.

This INSANELY EXPENSIVE Blu-Ray and the super-rare metal miniature of Senna’s Lotus car is on back order from Amazon for a whopping $679.99. I am having trouble finding a DVD or Blu-Ray available in any other way, but I’m sure it will be available soon.

UPDATE: Senna is available on Blu-Ray from Amazon for $16.38.

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