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Ferrari

also known as “Enzo Ferrari,” “Феррари,” “Феррарі,” “法拉利”
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for some violent content/graphic images, sexual content and language.
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Primary Audience: Adults
Genre: Biography Sports Drama Adaptation
Length: 2 hr. 4 min.
Year of Release: 2023
USA Release: December 25, 2023 (wide release—2,386 theaters)
DVD: March 12, 2024
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This film has been a passion project for director Michael Mann, who has been trying to get the film made for more than 20 years.

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Enzo Anselmo Giuseppe Maria Ferrari — born in Modena, Italy (1898), died in 1988 (age 90)

An Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and subsequently of the Ferrari automobile marque

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He married Laura Domenica Garello in 1923, and they remained married until her death in 1978.

Wife dealing with her husband’s adultery

What does the Bible reveal about Adultery and fornication?

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Purity—Should I save sex for marriage?

Sexual lust outside of marriage—Why does God strongly warn us about it?

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Death of a son

What is DEATH? and WHY does it exist? Answer in the Bible

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Featuring Adam DriverEnzo Ferrari
Penélope CruzLaura Ferrari, wife of Enzo Ferrari
Shailene WoodleyLina Lardi, mistress of Enzo Ferrari and mother of his 2nd son (Piero Lardi)
Giuseppe Festinese … Piero Lardi, 2nd son of Enzo Ferrari
Patrick DempseyPiero Taruffi, Italian race driver
Sarah GadonLinda Christian, Mexican actress
Jack O'ConnellPeter Collins, British Formula One driver
Gabriel Leone … Alfonso De Portago, Spanish aristocrat and racing driver
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Director Michael Mann
Producer Forward Pass
Storyteller Productions [England]
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “It is the summer of 1957. Behind the spectacle of Formula 1, ex-racer Enzo Ferrari is in crisis. Bankruptcy threatens the factory he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier. Their volatile marriage has been battered by the loss of their son, Dino, a year earlier. Ferrari struggles to acknowledge his son Piero with Lina Lardi. Meanwhile, his drivers’ passion to win pushes them to the edge as he decides to counter his losses by rolling the dice on one race - 1,000 miles across Italy, the iconic Mille Miglia.”

Based on the 1991 biography Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, the Machine by motorsport journalist Brock Yates

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Secular Movie Critics
…Gripping and masterful drama… heady, intricately dark, raptly absorbing…
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
…it gets bogged down in a dull relationship drama — but the racing sequences are thrillingly visceral .…
Iana Murray, Empire [UK]
…one of Mann’s best film in years… Penélope Cruz dominates… Mann excels here in making us understand just how exciting and addictive racing can be, before pulling the rug out from under us to show us how badly it truly can get. …
Ross Bonaime, Collider
Style and business overtake emotion… undermined by strangely unfocused, dispassionate storytelling. And coming from a filmmaker like Mann, that’s a big surprise. …
Elena Lazic, The Playlist
…one of Michael Mann’s most emotionally satisfying films in years… Penelope Cruz steals the show with a heart-rending take on the scorned wife…
Audrey Fox, SlashFilm
…a low-gear telling of the racing car magnate’s story… As Enzo Ferrari, Driver looks stylish and commanding, but the movie doesn’t figure out how to make him into an interesting man. …
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
…That liminal space between the peaks and the valleys of a person’s life is what Michael Mann is most interested in exploring. …
Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
…The racing sequences here are next-level intimate, putting us in the car better than most any film that preceded this one. The crashes in that no-rollbar, pre-seatbelt era are horrific. …But…misses any opportunity to attach heart, wit or higher meaning to the the “commandatore’s” pursuit of auto racing excellence. …
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
Adam Driver scowls through biopic that can’t get off the starting line… The film does not valorize Ferrari, but it doesn’t complicate him either. And while its racing sequences are exhilarating, it should have spent more time looking under the hood. …
Maureen Lee Lenker, Entertainment Weekly
…Unfortunately, the result proves strangely listless, failing to develop the storylines surrounding Ferrari’s driving team. …
Brian Lowry, CNN
…Firing on all cylinders… Mann’s film is all the more pleasurable for its thoughtfulness and restraint. …
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair