Skip to comments.Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Le Mans"(1971)
Posted on 08/11/2013 12:28:54 PM PDT by ReformationFan
"But what is so important about driving faster than anyone else?"
"Lotta people go through life doing things badly. Racing's important to men who do it well. When you're racing, it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting."
His leading lady, Elga Andersen, had two of the most beautiful blue eyes I’ve ever seen.
This and John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix are the two best films with stories involving racing ever produced. And both had major effects on the way racing events were presented on TV that carry on today.
Le Mans was much more a racing story, and that’s the way McQueen wanted it.
I have high hopes for Ron Howard’s “Rush” coming this fall. He is the best pure storyteller of our time, and he respects the subject.
I saw the trailer for “Rush” as well; I’m looking forward to it - Ron Howard is a solid filmaker. I rank “Apollo 13” as one of the best films of the last 30 years.
Actually a pretty good movie, but when I rented it for my kids they were bored out of their gourds.
I love Porsche. I love Steve McQueen. This has got to be one of the most boring movies that I have never finished.
It definitely does not follow the usual Hollywood-product structure of filmmaking. It tends to be more popular with diehard racing fans than with general movie watchers. But it’s one of the most personal and realistic films McQueen ever made.
Helluva movie; thanks for posting the link. I’d forgotten all about it.
Good car scenes (loved the Gulf Porsche 917’s), but Steve’s acting was about as interesting as having a conversation about Goethe with an ironing board.
Gulf oil gas stations gave away free promo posters for this movie when it came out.
I had one entire wall of my bedroom plastered with them.
My racing movie shelf is pretty well stocked. I’ve seen Red Line 7K. I’ve been a racer for what seems like 1000 years and I have a little (just a little) knowledge on the subject of film.
But any reminders of the best racing films (and Red Line 7K is certainly one!) are welcome!
I’ll stick to my points. Grand Prix and Le Mans are the best. No Contest. Rush could be a contender. All others didn’t make weight.
I saw Grand Prix when I was about 14. That’s most of half a century.
Blue Porsches and red Ferraris scrapping for 24 hours. Two great car companies duking it out. McQueen was great. I’d have given almost anything to wear a suit like his and be a co-driver with him.
It was pretty good, but Grand Prix is the best racing movie ever made.
If you ever saw the movie in a Cinemascope theater with great sound, the opening scene of a bank of tailpipes with engines screaming at high revs was simply enough to get any lover of cars and racing into a bout of ectasy.
It got better from there.
The encore presentation is on now, ending about 2;20 AM - you'd be in time to catch the jolting end - He had come a long way to that lawn, and he must have thought that his dream could scarcely escape him. He did not know that it was already behind him.....
- Relatively new SCCA sportscar racedriver Paul Newman in his aging TR6 #75 (bought from 5- time Nationl Champion Bob Tullius’ Group 44) at about 12.40 minutes in this long Triumph You-Tube video - squeezes out a close amazing victory against the new “Group 44” TR7
- Many years 75 year old Paul Newman won his class in a Ferrari GTB at Daytona
Beer & Pizza & Salads - whatta diet Paul -
- Steve McQueen used stop by and have dinner with Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne in a Left Coast restaurant
- Who knew?
I did .
So that’s where all of those posters went!
You owe me a poster bub!
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