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(2010) Di­rected by Asif Ka­pa­dia

Ka­pa­dia raised the bar for all docu-biopics, not just sport­ing ones, with his re­count­ing of the life of Ayr­ton Senna. By only us­ing ar­chive footage and adding no cap­tions or talk­ing heads, he wired au­di­ences di­rectly into the rac­ing driver’s pri­vate and pub­lic mo­ments, rather than keep­ing them one step re­moved as on­look­ers. It helped that Senna’s life was spe­cial and tragic, but with no pauses for analysis or af­ter-the-fact con­text, the film is to­tally en­thralling from the first mo­ment to last. Ka­pa­dia went on to make Amy, about singer Amy Wine­house, in 2015 and is cur­rently in pro­duc­tion on a life of Diego Maradona, with full sup­port and ac­cess to the man him­self and his home movies. An ex­cit­ing prospect, but it will have to go some way to match the sear­ing bril­liance of Senna.

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