Documentaries these days take many forms. Quite a few of them probably wouldn’t qualify as “nonfiction” upon closer inspection, and a lot of the politically themed docs are simply polemics. Then there are movies like Senna
, which is entirely composed of archival footage, features no narrator and keeps its focus on its subject, the late racecar driver Ayrton Senna. A while back, Senna was voted the best driver who ever lived by his contemporaries. The film looks at his spectacular rise and instant death on the track, going behind the scenes to cover the political nature of Formula 1 racing that Senna so despised, and taking viewers inside a rather complex mind and highly competitive spirit. In addition to being a marvelously assembled film, Senna
tells a fascinating, sobering story. That’s another thing many documentaries don’t bother to do these days.