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Jo Siffert movie; 'Live Fast, Die Young'

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#1 Nordic1

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 08:20


anyone got more details about this film?

edit to just say it has already been posted on the Siffert thread.

however does anyone know when the film will be released on DVD in the UK?


#2 Antoine Pilette

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 13:12

I've emailed the website to my Swiss friends and i'm going to try to get the DVD in some months :up:
The trailer is quite good!

#3 Rob Ryder

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 19:13

Originally posted by Antoine Pilette

The trailer is quite good!

It would be if I could see it! :cry:

Quicktime 6.5 - nothing...
Download & install Quicktime7 - sound but no picture...
Now all of my older QT files have picture but no sound :confused: ...
Uninstall QT7 and reinstall QT6.5

Aaaarrgh. Why do software manufacturers do this. What ever happened to testing?


#4 Antoine Pilette

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 19:23


#5 JohnS

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 21:56

Originally posted by Rob Ryder

It would be if I could see it! :cry:

Me too. Sound but no picture.


#6 Mischa Bijenhof

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 21:49

I received a promotional copy yesterday and have just watched it. The documentary (rather than film) is called 'Live Fast, Die Young' and contains tons of original footage of Seppi at the races as well as some great stuff filmed on the road by Heini Mader. About half the docu is made up of interviews with his former mechanics, family and friends. Beautifully made and highly recommendable!

#7 fvebr

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 22:00

can( wait for that.... :up: :love: :love: :love:

#8 Jodum5

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 23:19

Looks good and would watch it though my french isnt below average and I dont know much about him.

I guess I shouldn't hold my breath waiting for it to come out here...

#9 roger saretzki

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 19:20

there is a very nice jo siffert exebition at race inn in switzerland www.race-inn.ch

#10 Fiorentina 1

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 07:31

I just read something about the movie in Swiss Review.

"Jo Siffert -- Live Fast, Die Young" was the only Swiss film shown at the 2005 Locarno Film Festival.

I wonder if it's out on DVD yet in Europe?

#11 Superleggera

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 15:27


Last december I went into a record shop and found a cd of the soundtrack for this film... When I saw it was released in 2006 I thought about leaving my asthma medication but, It wasn't that strange. it was a pre-release copy or a promotional one. The sound is very much 60s, in a a similar way to "Bullit's" but without that charm Lalo Schiffrin used to give to his work.

Any of you interested in a Cd-r copy of the record, just tell me.

#12 Antoine Pilette

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 23:17

Any Swiss TNFers know if we could still get the movie poster somewhere in Geneve or Lausanne?

#13 Falcadore

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 08:51

The IMDB entry for the film isn't that comprehensive.

#14 lustigson

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 10:11

I believe Jo Siffert was the best privateer driver in F1 ever. Why? Check out this thread on the Grand Prix Independents'/Privateers' Trophy. :up:

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 11:45

I don't know if anyone's seen this movie but you really must buy it.

The footage is outstanding, the interviews are so interesting, personal and inspiring. It is just a brilliant and enthralling documentary about one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.

I didnt get to see it in the cinema, but it's just come out over here in Switzerland on double DVD and it is well worth buying. All the interviews are either in French, German or Italian, but the British subtitles are pretty good if, like me, you can't speak all three languages.

link to trailer

I wish it was an amazon link or something but it doesn't appear to be on sale in the UK yet or anywhere outside Switzerland. I really hope it is. If you're a fan of motor racing though, this really is an essential part of a collection.

Truly, truly outstanding. I was transfixed for the whole 80 minutes. I only wish it had been longer.

#16 23e Heure

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 10:58

This site is selling the DVD and shipping worldwide:

#17 continental

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 19:29

Good to know that there's a DVD on him now. Not much attention was given to 'Seppi', so a tribute to him is very welcome indeed. I ordered it yesterday and I'm looking forward to it.
Thanks for the info.

#18 Paul Newby

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Posted 26 May 2006 - 03:48

Sounds interesting. I read the Seppi biography many years ago and have always been a fan.

It would be great if there was a version with say English narration and then the interviews subtitled.

Not so sure about the claim; "one of the top tend drivers of all time." Top 10 Swiss? Yes. May be one of the current top 10 drivers at the time of his death.

#19 Fiorentina 1

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Posted 26 May 2006 - 05:09

I tried to find a copy of the DVD when I was in Switzerland in April but couldn't find one. I read about the movie in the Swiss Revue, a bi-monthly magazine for Swiss living abroad.

I have an 11X14 picture of Jo from "The Speed Merchants", a helmet shot sitting in an F1 car, you see his eyes and the Swiss flag on his helmet. Right next to it I have an 11x14 helmet shot of myself in a Formula Barber Dodge, you see my eyes and the Swiss flag on my helmet. This was purely by accident. My dad took the pic of me on the grid at Laguna Seca and 7-8 years later I found the pic of Jo for sale at an auto book shop. $30 with the frame!

Eventhough, he died before I was born I have a lot of respect and admiration for him. I'm going to order one, have it shipped and get it transfered in NTSC format. When you live in L.A, that kind of stuff can get done for a small fee.... :wave:


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Posted 26 May 2006 - 09:38

Just ordered my copy. :up:

#21 continental

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 20:24

Received my copy today and just finished watching it. Very, very worthwhile! Bless the makers of this fantastic film. :clap:

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 20:49

"This is a brilliant film. See it, buy it. Hell! Steal it if necessary." (grandprix.com)

It was on big screen here in Switzerland, really fabulous. Farewell Seppi, you were our pride. :|

#23 kevthedrummer

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 11:05

Just finished watching it. Fantastic! Great footage, great soundtrack and fascinating interviews. The subtitles didn't bother me at all. :up:

#24 Paul Parker

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 14:05

I bought my copy from the Coop in Interlaken and it is well worth the money.

However the main film does have a problem with repetition of some footage (something that is increasingly commonplace in British TV life style and makeover programmes) and also the chronology jumps about a lot.

However this is a very moving film and there is a real sense of loss with three people almost crying on camera 35 odd years later. It is a realistic portrayal of life on the margins as continental motor racing used to be, living from day to day on minimal food, little money, used tyres and so forth. The sheer lunacy of the racing with no safety, narrow tracks and no margin for error comes across strongly. The 917 shots are breathtaking and watch out for the prone cameraman lying on his stomach on the inside of Eau Rouge to get the shot he wanted.

The extra bits were all shot by Heini Mader and unlike the main film, this is period racing footage only, mainly from 1963/4 with no latter day interviews, showing circuits and conditions that are quite alien to latter day eyes. Modern F1 bureaucracy and sponsors, never mind the drivers, would be scared witless. Wonderful, evocative and even for those who recall the era first hand a shock to realise how things have changed.

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 21:21

Just bought "Live fast, die young" at www.swissdvdshop.ch.

Saw another DVD about Jo Siffert in their catalogue:
Jo Siffert
Réalisateur: Hugo Corpataux
Année: 1971
Editeur: Disques Office
Durée: 1h26
Audio: Mono
Langues audio: Français, Allemand
Sous-titres: Français, Allemand
Ratio visuel: 16/9
Format vidéo: Pal
Zone: Non zoné. Lisible sur tout les lecteurs.
Bonus: Les débuts, La bande à Seppi, Siffert de 1964 à 1966, Le coiffeur de Seppi, Philippe Siffert, fils de Jo, La fontaine de Tinguely

Jo Siffert est une des rares idoles du sport suisse a s'être hissé au plus haut niveau de la compétition automobile mondiale.

Réalisé par Hugo Carpataux de 1969 à 1971, ce film officiel retrace l'ascention de Jo Siffert en faisant partager des moments privilégiés et des témoignages personnels exceptionnels

Somebody who has seen this film/DVD ?


#26 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 19:38

Well done with a lot of old film footage (much F1 from his early days)!. Regards Bjørn