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Saturday, March 3rd - 5:00PM

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It's time once again for a club movie night! Yes, our next AONE Pizza and a Movie Night is coming right up on Saturday, March 3rd. Our previous screening parties have met with excellent turnouts each time, so we hope you'll join the fun!

This time around, we've got another wonderful movie lined up — Senna, the multiple award-winning documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. By way of introduction, AONE Treasurer Peter Walker writes:

A few years ago I looked out of my window and saw that Janice, my neighbors' cleaning lady, and her assistant, Claudia, were standing next to their car, scratching their heads. Their right, front tire was completely flat, and they did not know what to do. Seizing this great opportunity to be the Good Samaritan, I ran outside, found my mechanics' jack and tire iron, hooked up my air compressor, and changed (and inflated) their "donut" spare tire for the flat tire. When I was done, I explained to them that it would be dangerous to drive fast with a donut tire, especially on a front wheel. Knowing that Janice and Claudia are Brazilian, in order to make my point clear about not driving fast, I wagged my finger and said: "No Ayrton Senna." The look on their faces, at my pronouncing this name, was extraordinary. Their jaws dropped, and they both exclaimed repeatedly: "You know, you know!"

Ayrton Senna may not be a household name in the United States, but in Brazil, after the immortal Pele, Senna is perhaps the most famous native son of the entire twentieth century. In order to find out why — it is not just the world championships, or that he was handsome and charming, or that he was one of the most talented and successful but also one of the most controversial race car drivers ever — be sure to attend AONE's March 3 cinema screening of Asif Kapadia's terrific 2010 documentary, Senna. You will then "know," and you will know why even today all Brazilians have a spot in their hearts for the man who needs only one name: Senna.

As a reviewer on IMDB wrote: "Senna is the story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80's, the film follows Senna's struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime, spiritual — yet, on occasion, ruthless — Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brasil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Yet he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time — and in Brasil as a Saint."

To further whet your appetite, here's the official trailer:

We'll be setting up in Dave & Vi Pratt's living room in Dedham, MA. It's centrally located, just a mile and a half off Route 128 (I-95). This venue saves the club money and makes it easy to change the date in case of inclement weather.

Before the film, there's pizza! Because the days are getting longer, we'll be serving the pizza before the movie while our "screening room" gets dark. We'll also have popcorn available to munch on during the movie, and the club will supply bottled water and soft drinks. Also, this is Casa Pratt, which translates to ... free homebrew! If you prefer an alternative beverage, please bring your own.

After the movie, we'll present some short Alfa-oriented video subjects for any who might be interested in hanging around. We've gathered together a bunch of clips from movies (and ads) in which Alfas have appeared over the years — fun to watch!

Our presentations, don't forget, will all be displayed on our club's spiffy big-screen, multi-channel audio/video system for your viewing and listening pleasure.

There is no charge for members and their families, but we'll be asking a $10 donation from non-members to help defray the pizza expense. So that we know how much pizza to get, you must sign up with Dave Pratt ( or 781-320-8208) by Friday, March 2nd, at the latest. Seating is limited to 30 people and is first come, first served!

See you at the flicks!Tiny Quadrifoglio

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Directions to Dave & Vi Pratt's
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Teatro a Casa Pratt is located at 300 Westfield Street, Dedham, MA. Take Route 128 (I-95) to Exit 16 for Route 109 east toward Dedham. In about 3/4 mile, turn left onto Westfield (if you hit a traffic light you've gone too far). Bear left at immediate fork. 300 Westfield Street is on the left, 0.8 mile from Rt. 109, #300 (and perhaps an Alfa banner) on a tree. Parking in the driveway is limited, so squeeze in or park on the street. GPS users: Key in 320 Westfield Street rather than 300, since it's more accurate. Click here to download a printable map.

Movie Screening