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Back on the track with Roman Polanski: "Weekend of a Champion"

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Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 9:56 pm, Tue Dec 10, 2013.

Weekend of a Champion, documentary, not rated, Center for Contemporary Arts, 3 chiles

Sir Jackie Stewart, known as the “Flying Scot,” is one of the most successful race-car drivers in Formula One history. His professional career spanned from 1965 to 1973, and for three of those years he was the World Drivers’ Champion — the top distinction bestowed on a racer based on one’s entire performance over a season. This was a period when the sport was intensely dangerous, with few institutional safety precautions and limited medical support available during accidents. As Stewart tells Roman Polanski in the new epilogue appended to the 1971 documentary Weekend of a Champion, a Formula One driver who raced for five years in a row during that period had a one-in-three chance of surviving. Stewart adds that one night he and his wife made a list of 57 people they knew who suffered fatal accidents, and that number included “at least five of our best friends.”

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  • Mark Ordonez posted at 2:25 pm on Wed, Dec 11, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 656

    Regardless of what you feel for Polanski's art, he's a rapist. Why the biggies in Hollywood still support him is beyond me.

     
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