On the road with ‘The Armstrong Lie’

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The Armstrong Lie

The Armstrong Lie” is a hybrid in which documentarian Alex Gibney (“We Steal Secrets”) salvages an abandoned project about cyclist Lance Armstrong’s return to the Tour de France and turns it into a meditation on deception. The core of the film is a long interview with Armstrong himself, in which the disgraced athlete admits to his long use of performance-enhancing drugs without owning up to the lives and reputations he tried to ruin.

The movie captures a very modern approach to public scandal: Confession without remorse. Gibney bought in to the Armstrong Lie along with the rest of us, because it was a Cinderella story (kid beats cancer, wins all) but mostly, he admits, because our obsession with winning always gets the better of us.

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