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May 30, 2014 6:31 pm

The Armstrong Lie – DVD review

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The Armstrong Lie - DVD cover

Alex Gibney, 2013

Columbia

Who better to tackle cycling’s false messiah than a man last seen facing down the Catholic Church? Alex Gibney, surely, would pursue Lance Armstrong as mercilessly as the cyclist pursued his opponents not only through the Alps but through the courts until they were ruined. But this documentary was shot largely before Armstrong was exposed and it shows: here he is pedalling hard and peddling his lie even harder, wielding even his cancer as a weapon. Gibney, wincing with hindsight, admits he was “caught up” and now gives screen time to the doubters – but still too much to Armstrong, who, nauseatingly, even gets the last word.


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