Originally posted by Bytown Rick:
Originally posted by The Old Man:
I have to disagree. I still have the HD DVD version of this (so I'm old fashioned), and when it came out it was some of the best HD viewing going. But I'm a a bit of a sucker for the racing pictures and sounds
Watch Claude Lelouch's "C'était un rendez-vous" One of the first viral films, it's a Ferrari 275GTB driving through the streets of Paris in the early morning to meet a girl. So only marginally less story than Le Mans.
Le Mans is an impressive movie because it was filmed during the actual race with actual drivers. It is as close as a neophyte could ever get to what racing was actually like in that period.
The 'story' outside of the race is secondary, just like life outside of the car to many racers of that era (and even now to a degree) is secondary. To McQueen the crux of the movie is his two fingered salute to his competitor at the end. Even outside the car it's a non-verbal communication. Both drivers would rather talk to each other using their cars. Something both know they will have the opportunity to do again soon.