Directed by Lee H. Katzin
Running time: 106 minutes
Starring Steve Mcqueen as Gulf Team team Porsche 917 driver Michael Delaney, cult film Le Mans, as its title suggests, was filmed during the classic annual car race at Le Mans in France held over 24 hours on a series of cordoned-off country roads. A notoriously troubled production, the original camera crew were all sacked after the first six weeks of shooting, causing the film's original director, John Sturges to quit before Lee H. Katzin took over.Even so, the film was a huge undertaking to complete and included 20,000 props, 26 high-performance racing cars with 52 drivers from 7 countries, along with 350,000 French-speaking extras. With no finished script there were very few lines and the film relies heavily on the visual and audio beauty of the cars themselves - Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s. Directed by Lee H.Katzin, the film features real documentary footage from the actual 1970 24 hours Le Mans Auto Race collaged with other footage also using the actual cars from the race. The film was released to mixed reviews in 1971 but has since developed a cult following as the only feature film that includes realistic racing scenes without CGI or the over-dependency on stunt doubles.
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.