Weekend of a Champion

Formula 1 racing in the '70s told through an enduring love story

by Katharine Erwin So often artists hold on to material and work, squirreling it away from the public due to timing or budget or perfectionism—half-painted masterpieces rolled up and forgotten, or handwritten novels tucked in a bottom drawer. Fortunately, Roman Polanski’s masterpiece “Weekend of a Champion” wasn’t lost, but recently revived for the big screen. Originally shot in 1971, the story follows former Formula 1 …