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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 49 – The Documentaries of Louis Malle [Part 1]

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor are joined by Keith Enright to discuss Eclipse Series 2: The Documentaries of Louis Malle.

About the films:

Over the course of a nearly forty-year career, Louis Malle forged a reputation as one of the world’s most versatile cinematic storytellers, with such widely acclaimed, and wide-ranging, masterpieces as Elevator to the Gallows, My Dinner with Andre, and Au revoir les enfants. At the same time, however, with less fanfare, Malle was creating a parallel, even more personal body of work as a documentary filmmaker. With the discerning eye of a true artist and the investigatory skills of a great journalist, Malle takes us from a street corner in Paris to
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The Armstrong Lie

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

Overall

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

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

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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The art of cycling on film | Matthew Wright

Cyclescreen 2011, a bicycle film festival enjoying a successful second year, showed exciting new and classic cycling films

Cycling and art have a long history. For Toulouse-Lautrec, track racing in 1890's Paris was an essential part of the city's vivid twilight. Duchamp's bicycle wheel is a powerful symbol: like his Fountain (the urinal), it is both everyday and a little bit subversive.

Since its invention, the bike has stoked the passion of diverse artists, some for the circus hustle of the race, others the egalitarian potency of the original and best mass transport. Last week's Cyclescreen 2011, a bicycle film festival enjoying a successful second year at the Watershed in Bristol, presented exciting new work and some of the best classic cycling films.

The best cycling films capture the anarchic buzz of sleepy provincial town transformed into gladiatorial grandstand, and the short films Pour un Maillot Jaune, by Claude Lelouch, and Vive le Tour,
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A Journey Through The Eclipse Series: Louis Malle’s Vive Le Tour

As soon as they see a bike, they can’t quit, and off they go.

Another annual running of the Tour de France just began last weekend, and the timing couldn’t be better for the nation that hosts the world’s greatest bicycle race. The French national soccer team suffered humiliating opening-round failure in the just-concluded World Cup of football/soccer in South Africa, an embarrassment compounded by the fact that their neighbors to the north (Netherlands) and south (Spain) played for the trophy. Even in light of the snide sarcasm directed their way in last week’s featured Eclipse title Mr. Freedom, France badly needs the boost to their collective self-esteem provided by this impressive, internationally renowned event.

Though I’m a sports fan (American baseball and football mainly), I have to admit I’ve never paid close attention to or even understood the Tour de France, despite
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