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Film Review: ‘Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans’

13 November 2015 9:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you see only one 44-years-later postmortem on a critical and commercial misfire this season, it might as well be “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans,” an inside-baseball documentary best appreciated by movie geeks with a taste for cautionary tales about superstar hubris, slow-motion trainwrecks and dream projects that devolve into, if not full-blown nightmares, then extremely rude awakenings. It might also attract longtime fans of McQueen, who died of cancer in 1980, as well as a few under-30 curiosity seekers interested in knowing what the “King of Cool” was all about. And, yes, there’s definite appeal for those fervent cultists who insist “Le Mans,” the 1971 film maudit examined here, is some kind of underappreciated masterwork, though there certainly aren’t enough of those folks to make much of a difference. Theatrical pit stops will be fleeting, but the movie could have respectable mileage in small-screen platforms.

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- Joe Leydon

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Watch: Steve McQueen Can Only Act the Truth in Exclusive 'The Man & Le Mans' Clip

5 November 2015 8:01 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: FilmRise Acquires Cannes Classic Doc 'Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans' In this exclusive clip from "Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans," the iconic actor would rather have natural sweat with a throbbing vein than water splashed on him from the makeup guy, proving his commitment to never faking it in front of the camera.  For the documentary, directors Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna bring to the screen rare and exclusive interviews with Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen, John Sturges, Neile Adams and racing drivers Jonathan Williams, Derek Bell and David Piper. The film premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and screened at the San Sebastian and Deauville American film festivals. The official synopsis reads: "By 1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood. He was the King of Cool and the world’s most notorious ladies’ man. Hot off the back of classics like 'The Thomas Crown Affair' and 'Bullitt, »

- Sonya Saepoff

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San Sebastian: John McKenna on ‘Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans’

22 September 2015 1:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian – “Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting,” Steve McQueen muses in the 1971’s “Le Mans.” But while McQueen had a deep passion for road racing and a sincere admiration for his fellow drivers, it is his character in the film who is talking. A FilmRise pick-up for the U.S., which racked up healthy pre-sales and is now rolling out more territories, the Content Media-sold “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans,” directed by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna of Noah Films and produced by McKenna, paints a more complex picture. Fresh off “The Thomas Crown Affair,” the film suggests, McQueen imagined building a film empire andx taking control of his career as a filmmaker, not just Hollywood star, in the line of Robert Redford and Paul Newman. His first step would be “Le Mans,” the definitive racing movie. Starring McQueen as a »

- John Hopewell

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