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Ford vs. Ferrari, and the historic Le Mans race of 1966

Motoring enthusiasts will know the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 as a truly historic race. The trailer for Ford vs. Ferrari, detailing those events, has made its debut.

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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.

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Miles Davis and The Birth of the Cool

Can one distill cool into one documentary?

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If there is one thing that has been indisputable about the legacy of Miles Davis is that he was the personification of ‘cool’. And it seems like there was no decade where he was making music that he wasn’t ever cool. We once said about Miles Davis and his cool that “no matter how scrupulous your selection – one cannot distill cool into thirteen tracks, no matter how good“. Now the unenviable task of distilling that cool into a succinct document falls into the hands of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a new documentary detailing the life, music, and legacy of Miles Davis.

Directed by Stanley Nelson Jr. (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till), Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before hitting the festival circuit through the year. The film chronicles the rebellious nature of Miles Davis, detailing his desire to constantly break from the norm, with director Stanley Nelson saying;

“He was an extraordinary artist celebrated for his restless artistic aesthetic and his ceaseless innovation.  He changed the course of music five or six times.  By unpacking his upbringing, his methodology, his relationships, and his demons, we begin to understand the man who redefined the original American musical genre, jazz, and continues to influence generations of rock, funk, and hip-hop artists.”

Abramorama will screen the film today, August 23rd in New York with director Stanley Nelson taking part in a Q+A. Tickets for this screening, along with future screenings, can be found here.

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Bruce Springsteen gets cinematic with Western Stars

“Life’s mysteries remain and deepen, its answers unresolved”

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“We all have our broken pieces … nobody gets away unhurt. We’re always trying to find somebody whose broken pieces fit with our broken pieces and something whole emerges”

On the heels of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s nineteenth studio album Western Stars, Warner Bros Pictures has announced the release of the cinematic experience accompanying the album. The new film features Springsteen performing all 13 tracks from the new album, accompanied by a full orchestra in his 100-year-old barn. The film will also showcase old home footage as well as Springsteen’s life-earned ruminations we’ve seen through his career- brought to life recently with his stint on Broadway and on his Netflix special.

Warner Bros. exec Toby Emmerich has said about Western Stars and Springsteen;

“Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers. With ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead.”

Western Stars will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, kicking off September 5th. The film was produced by Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, and George Travis with Springsteen executive producing it. Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and longtime collaborator Thom Zimny.

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