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The Armstrong Lie

Alex Gibney, USA 2013, 122’

For years, Lance Armstrong shone as the heroic athlete who triumphed seven consecutive times in the world’s toughest cycling race, the Tour de France. Most simply dismissed any doubters of this superhuman feat since the world needed positive role models and Armstrong was considered a champion, an inspiration, and a philanthropist, the man who beat cancer and cheated death. It turns out he also successfully cheated millions of people: a few months ago, in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey, he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs. Director Alex Gibney had also bought into Armstrong’s myth, and in 2008 began work on a documentary about the cyclist’s phenomenal comeback. In the end, his monument in film became a painful document about the biggest fraud in sports history.

 

Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney is an American documentary filmmaker and producer born in New York in 1953. He went to Yale University, as well as UCLA, which is where he studied film. He worked in television for a time as a screenwriter and executive producer. While he was nominated for an Oscar in 2006, it was two years later that he actually won the award, for his documentary Taxi to the Dark Side. His films, which have been screened at the biggest festivals in the world, do not shy away from the controversial subjects of the day. Esquire magazine has called him one of the most important contemporary documentary filmmakers. 

Selected filmography

2005 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (dok. / doc.)

2007 Taxi to the Dark Side (dok. / doc.)

2010 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (dok. / doc.)

2012 Mea maxima culpa: Milczenie Kościoła / Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (dok. / doc.)

2013 Kłamstwa Armstronga / The Armstrong Lie (dok. / doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Alex Gibney
cinematography Maryse Alberti
editing Andy Grieve, Tim Squyres, Lindy Jankura
producer Alex Gibney, Frank Marshall, Matt Tolmach
production The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Matt Tolmach Productions, Jigsaw Productions
sales Sony Pictures Classics
language English
coloration colour
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