Celebrating 90 years of the mythical race in Monte-Carlo
This past Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the documentary “Grand Prix de Monaco La Legende,” was premiered at the Salle Garnier, Opera of Monte-Carlo, in the presence of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, surrounded by Serge Telle, Minister of State, Michel Boeri, President of the Automobile Club of Monaco, former drivers David Coulthard, Jacky Ickx, Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart, and distinguished personalities.
The documentary, co-produced by Check Productions, Monaco Info, and the RTBF, took nine months in the making, to celebrate 90 years of the mythical race course in an urban circuit: the Monaco Grand Prix. Coincidentally, Princess Grace would be 90 years old this coming November (b. November 14, 1929).
Written by Yann-Antony Nogues, grandson of Antony Nogues who created the Monegasque circuit, and directed by Franck Florino, the documentary reunites the exclusive testimonials of renowned pilots and F1 leaders, rare archives and reconstituted scenes. The documentary tells the story of the “Made in Monaco” races that marked the history of the F1, the anthological duels between exceptional drivers, the most spectacular skirmishes on a timeless circuit at the high speed of the bolides, with emotion as a bonus. Prince Albert himself narrates the film in voice-over, giving his vision of the most mediatized race in the world, the one all the drivers dream of winning.
There will probably be a sequel of the film in ten years time for the centennial anniversary, according to Yann-Antony Nogues.
A trunk that contains the history of the Monaco Grand Prix
During an interview by Monaco Info, Yann-Antony Nogues, unveils the discovery of a trunk at the Prince’s Palace which contains all the history of the Monaco Grand Prix.
A star-studded casting
Prince Albert as the narrator is joined by a star-studded cast, starting with Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart, Jacky Ickx, Jean Alesi, Mikka Hakinnen, Nico Rosberg and Charles Leclerc, who speak about the particularities of the Monegasque circuit from their own point of view. In 60 minutes the documentary compiles images of today and times past, plus reconstituted scenes as a testimony of key moments of the history of the circuit, that has become a true legend.
The documentary will be broadcasted Saturday, May 25 at 10:35 on TF1 and at 19:00 on Monaco Info.
“Suddenly I realized that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension.” Ayrton Senna (Monaco 1988)