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The Glorious and Terrifying Cinemascope of the 1955 Le Mans 24

Tragedy never looked so good. The 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours has been the darkest ever day of all of motorsports, and British Pathé was there to film it all for the ever-wider silver screen in Cinemascope.

British Pathé's archive on YouTube is probably the best thing that happened to the service since its inception. Everything that happened around the world up to about the '70s, they have it on film.


It happened so that the - apparently - only time they showed up with cameras developed for Hollywood "blockbusters" was also the most tragic day for motor racing.


But my goodness, look at the colours! Almost 30 minutes of unused footage.

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