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1 2013 NR CC

'"1" tells the story of a generation of Formula 1 drivers during the sport's deadliest period-those who risked their lives racing on the edge, and those who stood up to change the sport forever.

Starring:
Michael Fassbender, Niki Lauda
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Genres Sports, Documentary
Director Paul Crowder
Starring Michael Fassbender, Niki Lauda
Supporting actors Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Bernie Ecclestone, Nigel Mansell, Eddie Jordan, Damon Hill, Nina Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Max Mosley, Jody Scheckter, Jacky Ickx, Sid Watkins, Martin Brundle, Eddie Dennis
Studio Millennium Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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For people truly interested in Formula One history, this is a great film. I had missed the period in F1 history that this covers, and learned a tremendous amount from the film. The filmmakers took the time to talk to historic personalities that lived the story, so it's so much more satisfying for hard-core enthusiasts than a mass-market film like Rush, though Rush is very good for what it is. This film is just so authoritative and thorough in gathering the footage and interviews, and it's edited them together beautifully. It does a great job cinematically of mixing contemporaneous footage with new film and graphics to give it a modern feel. I had looked forward to to "1" and I wasn't disappointed. Together with "Senna" and "Rush," "1" seems to make for a kind of golden age in films about F1. In an age of very professionalized sports, including F1, this film recalls a very different time -- when motorsport truly involved risking your life, and shows what happened when the drivers decided not to die for the sport any more.
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1 wastes no time in getting your attention. It opens with a spectacular crash by driver Martin Brundle, who not only emerges from the wreckage unharmed, he sprints…SPRINTS…to the track doctor for clearance so that he can get into his backup car and continue the race. This establishes what you need to know: race cars are safe, race car drivers are a breed apart, and you want to see that again.

And you do, but it doesn't always end so happily, because while the men of Formula One have always been the different breed they are today, their cars haven't always been as safe as they are today. This is the overlying narrative to this (mostly) linear history of the sport: death and safety. Woven throughout the history of the men, the money, and the motors of Formula One is the constant reminder of just how dangerous the sport is.

You learn that in the earliest days, "protective headgear" was not really protective and more closely resembled a swimming cap in both form and function. As time marched on, titans of the sport's ownership—led by Enzo Ferrari—built bigger engines to make faster cars. Others chose a more scientific route, adding wings to increase speed by affecting aerodynamics.

In what is now one of my favorite sports quotes of all time, Enzo Ferrari said, "Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines." Boom.

While the sport's automotive advances lurched forward, driver safety remained stagnant. Even after speeds doubled yet everything else stood still, the governing body itself essentially dismissed driver safety by stating that the drivers control the speed of the machines, so they should simply drive slower.
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This is an excellent documentary on the evolution of Formula 1 that includes a great deal of spectacular footage, including lots of early and rarely seen footage of accidents. Happily, the safety improvements detailed in the film have led to nearly 2 decades without a fatality in the sport. This film traces the history and evolution of that movement, and offers wonderful glimpses of Jimmy Clark, Graham Hill, Francois Cevert, James Hunt and many other F1 greats racing and at leisure. I would recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in racing as it is an excellent and entertaining film.
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Two great films covering Formula One were released this year. This is the one you probably never heard about.

I've been following F1 since the early 1970s and found this documentary engaging and thoughtfully filled in the back-story and missing links in my knowledge base. The film ranks up there right alongside my all-time favorite motorcycle documentary, On Any Sunday. The soundtrack is terrific; the vintage film footage and photos were superb.

My only criticism of "1" is also shared with the other F1 flick released this year: a complete diss of the Long Beach Grand Prix, which hosted the F1 World Championship from 1976 to 1983.
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Growing a bit long of tooth I remember so much of the subject of this film. If you are a fan of motor-sports, sports, human beings or documentaries in general please do not miss this gem. I stumbled across it quite by accident and am lucky I did. Watch this and then tell a friend to watch it.
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1 is absolutely the best auto racing doc ever made! I can't believe it hasn't got more attention. If you're a Formula 1 fan you've got to see it.
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By JJ on December 22, 2013
Format: DVD
I never take the time to rate anything, but '1' is absolutely fantastic! The classic footage in HD is a visual feast for grand prix fans; my only complaint is that the movie is too short. Wish the creators would make a film this long for every season of F1!!!
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I fell in love with Formula One as a child in the '60's. My childhood hero was Jochen Rindt,the only posthumus champion,and I still remember finding he died in practice at Monza(a small paragraph buried in the local sports section) . Back then watching these amazing machines they created on these classic tracks was so gripping,but death was so normal it didn't seem to be something you questioned-it just was what it was. The drivers were like test pilots,they danced with death. Looking back it's hard to believe the constant death of driver after driver was just accepted-but it was. Once Enzo Ferrari said "drivers no longer know how to die".

If you watch modern motor sports but do not know the history,then this is a serious way to learn about it. The characters were wonderful,the atmosphere was amazing,but the cloud of death was everywhere. Jackie Stewart once said "as the cars became safer the drivers have become more dangerous",and it's true. Back then they had to look out for each other on the track because the price of a mistake was death,often by burning. This shows not just the cars and the crashes,but the family the drivers created with the teams,each other,thier wives and girlfriends.

Now the sport is as safe as this kind of thing can be,but it isn't respected if you don't know the risk it was built on. This movie shows you that in a clear and entertaining way. And I am grateful that when something horrible happens on the track,it's been almost 20 years since I have seen someone die in Formula One. Let it be said,much is owed to Professor Sid Watkins.
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