Late in the shrewd, revealing documentary "The Armstrong Lie," writer/director Alex Gibney says, "We wanted to believe the beautiful lie. I wanted to believe it, instead of the ugly truth." Count me in that group as well as someone, naïvely and foolishly, celebrating Armstrong's spectacular wins--both in cycling and against cancer--over his long career.
In 1964, Ken Kesey and friends—the Merry Band of Pranksters—drove a wildly painted bus from California to New York City for the World's Fair. They shot about 30 hours of color, 16mm film that confounded all of Kesey's attempts to edit it into an intelligible documentary. Writer/directors Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood have succeeded admirably in doing so.