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Brazilian motor-racing legend Ayrton Senna, whom many believe was the greatest driver to ever live, exploded into Formula One in 1984. Compilations of archival footage reveal Senna’s physical and spiritual quest for perfection, both on and off track, until the tragic events of Imola in 1994.

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In this exhilarating portrait of a sporting icon, Asif Kapadia displays a unique approach to the documentary form. Ambitiously constructed like a nail-biting thriller, the appeal and artistry of Ayrton Senna is made deeply compelling and profoundly moving for even motor-racing novices.