The Armstrong Lie
Award-winning documentarist Alex Gibney’s film, shooting as Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal broke, offers a complex picture of a sporting enigma.
Academy Award®-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (whose Mea Maxima Culpa won Best Documentary at LFF 2012) began recording cycling superstar Lance Armstrong back in 2009, until filming was unexpectedly halted following the much publicised doping scandal. Gibney’s documentary took an unexpectedly dark and complex turn when he resumed his study of the athlete in 2013, following Armstrong’s public confessions on The Oprah Show. In this unflinching account of a sport ruled by money and power, Gibney’s unprecedented access to Armstrong, his ex-teammates and the infamous Doctor Ferrari, combined with exhilarating archive footage of cycling races, draws an intricate portrait of an extraordinarily ambitious man who would stop at nothing to win. An inspiration to many, cancer survivor Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven times, has been adored and subsequently vilified in equal measure.
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