If you are the kind of person that likes historic racing cars - you probably like Italian float and seaplanes from between the wars.

A fantastic animation is the Film Porco Rosso by Hayao Miyazaki. It is full of these planes.

5 star recommendation.

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Le Mans

Fans of motor racing will appreciate this film based on the legendary 24-hour French road race. The film is set during a period in motor sports just prior to its almost total usurpation by corporate culture, in this case 1970, when there was still a tolerable balance between sponsorship and the particular form of nobility that pervaded racing. As a film, Le Mans is remarkable for a sense of restraint that is so unwavering that even the incomparable Steve McQueen seems almost normal inside its cool envelope. No movie on the subject has ever equaled its transparency and authenticity (it showed up Grand Prix for the trash that it was - a bunch of cardboard actors in formula Fords trying to to look heroic).

In Le Mans, you can almost smell the 101 octane Super Shell and the hot Castrol. People look at one another, not at computer displays. They converse directly over the rasp of tightly-wound 12-cylinder engines, not through headsets and mikes. It's a human thing.

The racing sequences are beautifully staged. The final seconds before the race starts, drivers in the cars, fidgeting with shifters, one by one switching ignitions on as the countdown closes against a stethoscopic heartbeat sound, puts you right in the cockpits. Speed scenes were driven by actual racing drivers of the time, including McQueen himself.

Both the red Ferrari 512’s and pale blue Gulf Porsche 917’s are as important as the actors.

Put on the earphones and watch it on your 24 inch imac - live it.

5 star recommendation.

Author: ArchitectPage