Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015)

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The turbulent production of the Steve McQueen car-racing classic Le Mans serves as the subject of this documentary from filmmakers Gabriel Clarke and Jon McKenna. At the time Le Mans went into production McQueen was one of cinema's biggest stars. Given his choice of film projects thanks to a lucrative deal with Cinema Center Studios, McQueen quickly began work on the passion project he had been dreaming about for the past decade. But as production on Le Mans got underway, the driven star would be forced to contend not only with the sudden departure of the film's original director, John Sturgis, but his own failing marriage, the threat of bankruptcy, and the fear of learning that he had been targeted for death by one of the most notorious serial killers of the 20th Century as well.

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It's a great making-of tale about a very mediocre movie.

Nov 17, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

If you see only one 44-years-later postmortem on a critical and commercial misfire this season, it might as well be "Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans."

Nov 13, 2015 | Full Review…
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"Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans" is an interesting documentary because it approaches its well-known subject from an unexpected angle.

Nov 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Filmmakers Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna interweave abundant archival footage and audio seamlessly.

Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…

It doesn't really succeed in conveying McQueen's great passion for auto racing. In truth, it mostly makes him seem like a jerk - but cinephiles might enjoy it as a case study of moviemaking gone wrong.

Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…

We've seen many an insider doc about films destroyed by their creators' chutzpah (Overnight, Lost in La Mancha), but what's most wrenching here is McQueen's displays of vulnerability and tenderness.

Nov 10, 2015 | Full Review…

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