Polanski revisits a 1972 doc that follows Jackie Stewart preparing for the Monaco Grand Prix
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Almost sent to the garbage heap by an archivist, this 1972 documentary produced by Roman Polanski and directed by the late Frank Simon has been granted a second life. Following race car driver Jackie Stewart as he prepares for the Monaco Grand Prix, Weekend of a Champion is an incredible time capsule of days gone by. When it was made, racing was an extremely dangerous and unregulated sport and many of Stewart’s driver friends met fiery ends. Remaining confident despite being unsure what his fate, Stewart is also hiding the fact that he’s illiterate; years later he discovered he suffers from dyslexia. A young and enthusiastic Roman Polanski makes for an excellent sidekick. For the new version hitting theaters, the film has been restored and re-cut and ends with Stewart and Polanski reminiscing about the old days.