Motoring enthusiasts will know the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 as a truly historic race. The 1966 edition of Le Mans was the first in the race’s storied history that an American constructor team emerged victorious.
The car was the Ford GT40 and it was the project fuelled by legendary automotive name Carroll Shelby and British driver Ken Miles. At the behest of then Ford president Henry Ford II and Ford executive Lee Iacocca, they set out to build a car that would challenge, and ultimately dethrone Ferrari at Le Mans.
A film of the events has been in development for several years, but it seems the project has finally found its conclusion. The trailer for Ford vs. Ferrari has made its debut, starring Matt Damon as Shelby, Christian Bale as Miles, and the Ford GT40 as the Ford GT40. Directed by Logan helmer James Mangold, the film is based off a script co-written by Mangold and features supporting turns by Caitriona Balfe (Super 8), Tracy Letts, and Jon Bernthal (The Punisher).
Ford vs. Ferrari is set to hit cinemas November 15th. Check out the trailer below. If you want to learn more about the historic 1966 race, there are some online documentaries, like this one, to view. Alternatively, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can watch episode 6 of the first season of The Grand Tour where James May does a great story on the event.
Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’ gets 4K restoration
Buster Keaton’s 1927 film The General is hailed as one of the most culturally significant films in history. Now a 4K remaster gives it new, HD life.
Buster Keaton’s 1927 film The General is hailed as one of the most culturally significant films in history. Now, almost a century after its release, it is getting a 4K restoration that has given the classic new, high-definition life. Cohen Media has released the trailer for the 4K restoration of the film, which you can watch above.
The General is an American Civil War film based on the true story of the ‘Great Locomotive Chase‘, and sees Keaton in perhaps, his defining role. There are very few film classes you’ll take as a student that won’t at some point, feature Keaton and The General. In one of the film’s most iconic scenes, the train is seen crashing into the river- a scene done with no props- costing a then-staggering $42,000 to film. The General ended up costing $750,000 in 1926 money to make, with that iconic scene becoming the most expensive silent-era shot ever composed. Parts of the train and track were still found in the river in 2007.
The film is ranked as the American Film Institute’s 18th ‘Greatest American Film’ (ever made) and Orson Welles deemed it;
“The greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.”
High praise from the man who made the greatest film ever made.