Senna: documentary about a champion with faith



Sports films are the timeless cinematic metaphor for life. I think it is a fair question to ask which of them made you cry the most? Was it “Rudy”? “Field of Dreams”? “Brian’s Song”? For me it’s David Anspaugh’s 1986 “Hoosiers.”

Some new releases, whether based on fact or fiction, fuse sports and faith quite well and are entertaining and inspiring without falling into the “message” trap. They also avoid sentimentality, though are wrought with emotion and tension. “Senna” is one of those.

“Senna” is a brilliant documentary about Brazilian Ayrton Senna da Silva, a three-time Formula One racing champion, whom many consider him the best of all time. Formula One refers to a set of rules to which all drivers must adhere. Formula One racing takes place on racecourses and through city streets. It began in Europe in the 1920s; the current rules were established after World War II….

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Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The

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I picked up this book so often but the letter format put me off. I finally bought it at Costco (big discount). It sat around for awhile. Then when I picked it up I could hardly put it down.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (2008, Dial Press/Random House) tells the story of a young writer in post-World War II England who uncovers a story of love and sacrifice between a British woman and a German soldier (a doctor) on the Channel Island of Guernsey. In so doing (guess what?) she finds love, too. Humor and pathos.

This is a gentle, lovely book; inspiring, too. Perfect summer reading. Or airplane read (but I would wait and savor it while on vacation or stay-cation, whatever it may be.)

The film is due out in 2011 but the Internet Movie Database lists it as “in development” and is mum on details. Didn’t find anything on Google either but I didn’t look that hard.

When you read the book you can just imagine who could play the characters that populate its pages. I think I hear a Joan Plowright there….

The lead actress will play someone about 33 years old, not too tall. Please don’t say Amy Adams. She’s too cute. This has to be a woman who could put out fires (literally) during the London blitz.

Kate Winslet would be awesome in the lead now for a 35-year old British actor ….

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