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Seán Crosson
2021 December
The politics of Motor sport
(Forthcoming) Motor Racing in the Cinema
Palgrave Macmillan
In Press
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Motor racing, cinema
The history of motor racing on film dates back to the very earliest days of film practice. Indeed, the arrival of both motor racing and film are roughly contemporaneous – and emerge from the same country. The Lumières brothers gave their first paid public screening of projected motion pictures on 28 December 1895, at Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris, a little over six months after the Paris–Bordeaux–Paris race of June 11 1895, often referred to as the first motor race. Motor racing would appear throughout early actualities providing an exciting subject for the new moving image technology that celebrated its most distinctive feature, its ability to capture movement. With the development of film into distinctive forms, including fiction and non-fiction, motor racing has continued to feature as a recurring and popular subject, including both critically acclaimed and commercially successful films across a wide range of genres from drama (Grand Prix (1966), Un Homme et une Femme (1966), Le Mans (1971), Rush (2013)) to comedy (The Cannonball Run (1981), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)), animation (The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (Flåklypa Grand Prix, 1975) (the most commercially successful film ever released in Norway) and Cars (2006)), and documentary (On Any Sunday (1971), Senna (2010)). This chapter will examine the historical development of depictions of motor-racing on film, identifying some of the salient features of these depictions and their significance with regard to both the development of film and motor-racing.
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Humanities in Context