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DVD Review: ‘Senna’ Salutes Astounding Career of Titular Racing Icon

Chicago – Here’s one of the smartest documentaries to come around in a good long while. Director Asif Kapadia tackles subject matter that begs to be told with immediacy and he ends up succeeding every step of the way. His masterstroke in the Sundance prize-winner, “Senna,” is at once simple and ingenious: the entire picture is told purely through archival footage, allowing the subjects to tell their own story as it unfolded.

This is not a picture delivered in the gauze of sentimental nostalgia. It has the rip-roaring pace and mounting suspense of an A-grade Hollywood thriller, and deserves to be discovered by a wide audience in its DVD release. Despite the fact that I personally have no interest in race car driving, I was riveted by every frame of this heartfelt tribute to the Brazilian Formula One racer, Ayrton Senna, considered by many to be the greatest driver of all time.
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 3 Windbreakers, Posters For 2011 Sundance Winner ‘Senna’ on Formula One Racing

Chicago – In our latest documentary edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 3 prize packs up for grabs for “Senna” about Brazilian Formula One race car champion Ayrton Senna! The film won the 2011 Sundance Film Festival award for best documentary. Each “Senna” prize pack from HollywoodChicago.com includes a windbreaker and poster from the film.

Senna” prizes offered in this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup.

Senna” features appearances by Ayrton Senna (archival footage), Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis, Viviane Senna, Milton da Silva, Neide Senna, Jackie Stewart, Sid Watkins, Galvão Bueno, Reginaldo Leme, Gerhard Berger, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell and Jean-Marie Balestre from director Asif Kapadia and writer Manish Pandey.

Theatrical Release Dates

Aug. 12, 2011: New York and Los Angeles Aug. 19, 2011: Austin, Berkley, Cambridge, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Aug. 26, 2011: Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, Palm Springs, Palo Alto, Portland, San Diego and Seattle Sept.
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Chicago Passes to 2011 Sundance Winner ‘Senna’ on Formula One Racing

Chicago – In our latest documentary edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “Senna” about Brazilian Formula One race car champion Ayrton Senna! The film won the 2011 Sundance Film Festival award for best documentary.

Senna” features appearances by Ayrton Senna (archival footage), Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis, Viviane Senna, Milton da Silva, Neide Senna, Jackie Stewart, Sid Watkins, Galvão Bueno, Reginaldo Leme, Gerhard Berger, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell and Jean-Marie Balestre from director Asif Kapadia and writer Manish Pandey.

The film opens on Aug. 19, 2011. To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Senna” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This advance screening is on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.

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