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The Armstrong Lie

15 November 2013 12:02 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Armstrong Lie

Directed by: Alex Gibney

Documentary

Running Time: 2 hrs 2 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: November 15, 2013 (Chicago)

Plot: Lance Armstrong lies to the world, and to a director.

Who’S It For? Those still stunned by the Armstrong story, or curious about who the cycling figure really may be.

Read our interview with writer/director Alex Gibney for ‘The Armstrong Lie

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Amongst martyred Livestrong bracelets and the loss of the world’s trust, another significant casualty of Lance Armstrong’s “one big lie” is a documentary titled “The Road Back,” directed by Alex Gibney. Privately considered a “puff piece” by the more-aware supporting characters to Armstrong’s tragedy, it was meant to document Armstrong’s comeback to competitive cycling in 2009, which itself was an effort to prove the accused biker had not doped during his past seven Tour de France victories. But instead of capturing the “phoenix” he thought Armstrong to be, »

- Nick Allen

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Tsr Exclusive: ‘The Armstrong Lie’ Interview with Writer/Director Alex Gibney

13 November 2013 9:39 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

In 2009, cyclist Lance Armstrong wanted to prove his naysayers wrong. He came back from retirement, and touted that he’d win the Tour de France in order to prove to the world that his past seven wins were not boosted by any illegal enhancements. As with other chapters of his fascinating life, this comeback provided a great narrative, one made into a nearly-finished documentary project called “The Road Back,” which had director Alex Gibney and his crew following Armstrong around as he hustled for another Tour de France victory. Matt Damon was signed on to do voiceover, and the project was co-produced by Spielberg’s key producer Frank Marshall.

“The Road Back” was then remodeled into The Armstrong Lie when the truth about Armstrong’s doping began to make its way to the surface in 2012, both through teammate testimonies and a few select moments from Armstrong himself. Initially crafting what »

- Nick Allen

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Short Film: Watch an Early Racing Doc from George Lucas and Its Canadian Cycling Inspiration

19 June 2013 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why Watch? Let’s start with Jean-Claude Labrecque, who turns 75 today. The Québécois director and cinematographer is one of the National Film Board of Canada’s most prolific documentarians, and 60 Cycles is perhaps his most successful work, winner of a slew of festival awards and a BAFTA nominee. In the summer of 1965 he followed a bike race in Québec, 2400 kilometers long. Filmed on a 1000 mm lens borrowed from Nasa, 60 Cycles presents the scope of such an enormous race unlike anything that came before. It has the humor of Louis Malle’s Tour de France film, 1962′s Vive le Tour, and an extra layer of 1960s cool. It’s a hidden gem of sports cinema. Inspired by Labrecque’s work, then-student filmmaker George Lucas decided to make a short documentary about driver Pete Brock trying to qualify for a competition with a Lotus 23 race car. The title, 1:42.08, is Brock’s lap time in the trial. Shooting »

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