Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015)

Director(s): Gabriel Clarke, John McKenna. 102 min. USA/UK. Documentary.

In 1970, Steve McQueen, "The King of Cool", embarked on producing a movie titled Le Mans, to offer viewers first-hand experience of car racing. The problem was, there was no script, and no story. But McQueen was so obsessed with the project, he started anyway, put his own and other people's lives at risk, and destroyed careers along the way. This reminded me of another documentary on a different subject, on how individuals with insatiable egos would rather have people die to achieve their grandiose dreams. Apparently, Steve McQueen was a man unable to differentiate his on-screen persona from reality.

Mo says:


  1. Saw this movie on the plane; thanks for the recommendation! Interestingly, I saw another documentary right after this titled "Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman." What is it with actors and racing?

    1. Cool! Glad you liked it. Never knew about the Paul Newman movie. I'll definitely look it up. Thanks!