The Armstrong Lie

“With his flashy Lycra uniform and blazing speed, Lance Armstrong was the sports world’s equivalent of a superhero. The dashing bad boy of cycling, who won the grueling Tour de France seven times after clawing his way back from cancer, personified an inspirational narrative that the entire world found hard to resist. Except, as we all know by now, that heroism was built on an enormous pile of lies. Director Alex Gibney’s new documentary, THE ARMSTRONG LIE, details Armstrong’s rise and fall from grace in the wake of his confession earlier this year to Oprah Winfrey that he had, in fact, taken performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career. It’s a fascinating film that points the finger at a charismatic master of deception—as well as our willingness to buy his deceit. Gibney (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE), who candidly admits in the film that he was as suckered as anyone during Armstrong’s 2009 post-cancer comeback, scores an all-access sit-down with the disgraced athlete, and it’s psychologically gripping.”—Entertainment Weekly. “THE ARMSTRONG LIE swings back and forth in time, but its fulcrum is the extraordinary footage Gibney and ace cinematographer Maryse Alberti shot at the 2009 Tour. A never-ending stream of archival footage depicts Armstrong’s glory days and their attendant controversies, but Gibney always turns back to that race, which looks both insane and beautiful”—Village Voice. R 122 Min.

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