Ferrari (film)

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Enzo Ferrari
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Directed byCarlo Carlei
Produced byGuido De Angelis
Franz Landerer
Written byMassimo De Rita
Carlo Carlei
Mario Falcone
StarringSergio Castellitto
Music byPaolo Buonvino
CinematographyGino Sgreva
Edited byClaudio Di Mauro
Luciana Pandolfelli
Distributed byVii Pillars Entertainment
Release date
  • 16 February 2003 (2003-02-16)
Running time
215 minutes

Ferrari is a 2003 biopic based on the book by Enzo Biagi. It depicts Enzo Ferrari's rise from a successful race driver to one of the most famous entrepreneurs of all time. Being interviewed by a fictitious, intrusive young journalist he recalls his setbacks and personal losses. [1] He also expresses his regrets about race drivers who met with an accident; the film finishes with a dedication by Piero Ferrari: "In loving memory of my father and of my brother Dino". Due to its success the original TV miniseries was edited for cinema. [2]


When he is only ten years old, Enzo Ferrari runs to the next village only to watch a car race. Now the direction for his life is set, he starts immediately working on vehicles and as soon as he is old enough to drive a real car, he becomes a race car driver.

Soon the young man shows ambitions in finding a racing team, he offers his services to Fiat but the team managers turn him down. Yet Alfa Romeo hires Ferrari and promotes him to team manager.

With gusto Ferrari takes his family to the races, his wife objects to the noise and considers this environment inappropriate for little Dino, but Enzo's enthusiasm knows no restraint. He is determined to raise him as his successor.

Ferrari's reputation grows and enables him to create his own company, Scuderia Ferrari; when he presents his employees (including Giuseppe Campari and Tazio Nuvolari) to the press, he explains that enthusiasm can be contagious. But when German troops come to Italy, Ferrari is accused of building weapons for the Italian resistance. Although one of the officers is a fan of Ferrari and tries to protect him, Ferrari must hide.

After the war Enzo Ferrari rebuilds his destroyed factory, and begins pushing himself to his limits. Once he is back in business and has recovered from exhaustion, he finds out that Dino suffers with an especially severe form of muscular dystrophy. Enzo regrets not having spent more time with him, a thought which will haunt him for the rest of his life.



  1. ^ "But as the journalist delves deeper into Ferrari's innermost thoughts, we understand the real price he had to pay for this dream". Motor Car Market. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  2. ^ Tan, Becky. "It began as a TV series and was so successful that Carlei developed it for the cinema". Hamburg. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2012-06-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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