Grand Prix: Vertigo, romances and Formula 1

This 1966 film, which won three Oscars, stands out for its impressive action sequences.

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If you are one of those fanatical people F1 that counts the days that separate one competition from another, see the movie Grand Prix it can be a good solution to liven up the wait. Although it is not a premiere (the film is from 1966) it has all the spices to spend a pleasant moment full of adrenaline.

Grand Prix posterDirected by John frankenheimer and with a script of Robert Alan Arthur, revolves around the life of the American pilot Pete aron (James Garner), who is expelled from his team after causing an accident in which his British teammate is injured Scott stoddard (Brian Bedford). As he struggles to recover, Aron signs for a Japanese team and has an affair with Stoddard's wife.

There are also other parallel stories, in addition to those of Aron and Stoddard, such as that of the French Jean-Pierre Sarti (Ives Montand), a champion near retirement; and that of the Italian Nino Barlini (Antonio Sábato), a promising young man in the category.

Grand PrixThe three-hour film is packed with action sequences on iconic circuits on the Formula 1 calendar such as Montecarlo, Monza, with its famous banked curves that the F.1 stopped using in 1961; Y Spa-Francorchamps.

Although the cars used are F3, that does not detract from the spectacularity of the final product since the shots are very well achieved with Super Panavision cameras (a novelty for the time) and convey to the viewer that sensation of vertigo typical of running at full speed. Those moments of action are complemented by images captured during the 1965 Grand Prix season.

Something that brings realism to the argument is the participation of various teams and drivers of the time such as the English Graham hill (he was also an advisor), the Americans Phill hill y Dan Gurney, the New Zealander Bruce mclaren and the Austrian Jochen Rindt, among others. Also has a cameo the great Juan Manuel Fangio.

Grand PrixGarner's role was originally to be Steve McQueen, but rejected it. He still had his revenge: three years later he participated in a film set in the racing world that was also a success. It was about Le Mans, which he directed and starred in.

The Japanese actor appears in a secondary role Toshirô Mifune. He plays Izo Yamura, the team-manager who hires Aron after he is fired by his team after the accident involving Stoddard. Yamura's role is inspired by Soichiro Honda, who at that time also had a team in F.1.

Grand Prix was a success at the time. So much so that it won three Oscars for best editing, sound and sound effects. Beyond that Hollywood touch, which is noticeable especially in accidents, this film is a great testimony of a Formula 1 very different from the one we see today.

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Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y Vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, a car magazine that is broadcast on Tuesdays from 18 to 19 by RadioArroba.com; is editor of motorsport in Red Bull Argentina, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS. Now you can read it on his blog: automundo.com.ar.

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