Race Weekend Central

Reel Racing: What Makes Senna So Immersive?

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Felipe Massa has driven well for the Williams team in 2017 (photo: Getty Images)

The camera rides alongside the yellow helmet of a Formula 1 driver, his hands furiously working the steering wheel around the bend of a straightaway. The camera shakes with the car as it bounces and suddenly goes in a straight line as the view hard-cuts to the same car violently impacting a retaining wall. Even …

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Reel Racing: From the Track to the Silver Screen

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Thanks to the Internet and, more specifically, the film website Letterboxd, I’ve seen almost 30 racing films in the past year. In this multi-article series, I’ll take a look at the under-appreciated world of racing films and the hidden gems that lie on streaming services and the Internet. Documentaries generally tend to be the best genre for these movies, but there are several narrative features that shine through as well.