1: Life On The Limit review

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Picking up where Senna and Rush left off, this thorough documentary on the early days of F1 offers vicarious entertainment for Top Gear enthusiasts and motor racing novices alike.

Yet it also serves as a testament to the many drivers who lost their lives at a time when the pursuit of glory superseded health and safety issues. Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda lead a starry cast of talking heads in a well-researched survey boosted further by Michael Fassbender’s unflashy narration.

For obvious reasons, though, it’s the scenes showing a hale and hearty Michael Schumacher that leave the most lasting impression.

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Neil Smith is a freelance film critic who has written for several publications, including Total Film. His bylines can be found at the BBC, Film 4 Independent, Uncut Magazine, SFX Magazine, Heat Magazine, Popcorn, and more.