The Armstrong Lie

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Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) began recording cycling superstar Lance Armstrong back in 2009, when he was hired to make a film about Armstrong’s celebrated comeback. However, the project was unexpectedly shelved following the much-publicized Armstrong 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 riveting, 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. The Armstrong Lie offers a compelling and troubling insider’s view of the unraveling of one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of sports. As Lance Armstrong himself says: “I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one.” (Dir. by Alex Gibney, 2013, USA, 122 mins., Rated PG, Sony Pictures Classics) Digital