Weekend of a Champion

Weekend of a Champion

Weekend of a Champion

Roman Polanski's up-close-and-personal documentary of Formula 1 legend Jackie Stewart, intimately/strangely portrayed wearing his underwear for hotel room conversations with Polanski as well as where petrolheads expect to see him – screaming down the racetrack. Shot in and around the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix.

Employing on-board cameras and a running commentary from Stewart as he rips around the Monaco course, Weekend of a Champion offers a detailed look at the technique of a master driver. Polanski oversaw a restored version to screen at Cannes 2013, with a new 10-minute coda added in which present-day Polanski and Stewart sit in the same Monte Carlo hotel suite and reflect on the film.

Special Recognition Award, Berlin Film Festival 1972.
1972Rating: PG93 minsFrance, UK
BiographyDocumentarySport
Director:
Frank SimonRoman Polanski ('Rosemary's Baby', 'Chinatown', 'Repulsion', 'The Pianist')
Cast:
Roman PolanskiJackie Stewart
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Time Out

Time Out

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Even racing aficionados might find the chitchat a little vague.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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Will appeal mostly to motor-racing enthusiasts and movie archaeologists.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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I wonder if there isn't something a little bit placid and self-satisfied about the film, which is paced remarkably slowly, given the subject matter.

3.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

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Takes audiences close enough to the brink of oblivion to really drive home what a remarkable accomplishment that represents.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Begins as a motorsports movie but ends up a portrait of two wily elder statesmen who have survived into their seventies by skill, stealth and sheer luck.

Time Out

Time Out

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Even racing aficionados might find the chitchat a little vague.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Will appeal mostly to motor-racing enthusiasts and movie archaeologists.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

I wonder if there isn't something a little bit placid and self-satisfied about the film, which is paced remarkably slowly, given the subject matter.

3.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Takes audiences close enough to the brink of oblivion to really drive home what a remarkable accomplishment that represents.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Begins as a motorsports movie but ends up a portrait of two wily elder statesmen who have survived into their seventies by skill, stealth and sheer luck.

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