Oscar-winner Hugh Hudson recounts the adventures of one of the greatest racing drivers of all time
A masterpiece of sports cinema
Well-known sports journalist Ezio Zermiani defined it with a single word: “masterpiece”. He writes: “The film recounts Fangio’s life story, deftly combining original video clips with historical reconstructions featuring the protagonist himself. Not only does Fangio narrate (with a charming Abruzzese-Spanish accent), he also hops into the cockpits of his vintage cars at the remarkable and splendid age of seventy. As he flies around bends and unleashes all the power of his glorious single-seater race cars, he gesticulates in order to tell his story while keeping the car’s movements in check, as though brandishing a foil in a fencing competition.” Directed by Hugh Hudson (who won an Oscar for Chariots of Fire), screenplay by Gualtiero Jacopetti (the inventor of Mondo cane), and with a soundtrack by Riz Ortolani.
Juan Manuel Fangio, one of the greatest Formula 1 champions ever, recalls his prestigious career (he began racing at the highest level when he was forty years old) and the five World Championships he won.