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WEEKEND OF A CHAMPION

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Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013 5:00 am

This niche race-car documentary was undertaken by Formula One fan Roman Polanski, who trailed the legendary champion Jackie Stewart for a weekend during the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix. When Polanski and director Frank Simon decided to recut and restore the film, they added new interview footage of Polanski and Stewart that discusses Stewart’s legacy as an advocate for increased safety in motorsports and elucidates his path from dyslexic teenage dropout to international racing legend. The film captures some of the modest champion’s wisdom on the complexities of the sport as well as the gestalt of the times, but it is somewhat undermined by Polanski’s overeager presence. Not rated. 93 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. See review.

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