Every miniseries, made-for-television movie, special, or documentary ever nominated for an Emmy Award in any category.
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The story of one man's triumph over adversity: cameras followed the comedian on a very stressful comeback tour and caught the story behind some of his best loved material en route. Prior to his Sexie tour in 2003 and under extreme pressure to write, he delved into his own life for inspiration. So began an accidental voyage into his past that paralleled his world tour and culminated in a moment of revelation about the source of his relentless drive. Film contains exclusive never-before-seen footage including the famous 'wolves' material, his first student sketches and unicycle-riding as a street performer in Covent Garden. Hilarious and moving by turns, an inspiring tale of how tragedy can be turned to laughter.
It’s a documentary about Eddie Izzard, who I sort of love (in a totally non-erotic way) so it’s a little hard to be objective about this, especially as I have never reviewed a documentary of any kind. But, uh, if you’re interested in the subject (i.e., Izzard) to begin with, I’m fairly confident you would not feel your time wasted for watching.
An interesting look at the life and career of Eddie Izzard including interviews and archived footage. I was not familiar with his stand-up career and found this movie a good introduction to the person and his non-film career. I have since seen him perform live and it was fabulous.
Documentary telling the story of comedian and actor Eddie Izzard, which follows him from his childhood right up to the 2003 Sexie tour.
Eddie Izzard has got to be one of the best stand up comedians out there, and this documentary is a very affectionate look at his life story. Charting his childhood, school days and rise to stardom, it follows him right up to his 'workshop' shows for the Sexie Tour. It is jam packed with interviews with family, friends and the man himself, and the chance to see some archival footage of his early days doing street performing is worth the ticket price alone. This is a very interesting, funny and (at times) emotional documentary which is perfect for the rabid fan, or anyone who has heard of him and wants to know more.
Fascinating insight into how to make it on the comedy scene. Well framed.
“I am a professional transvestite, so I can run about in heels and not fall over. Cause if a woman falls over wearing heels, that’s embarrassing. But if a bloke falls over wearing heels, you have to kill yourself. It’s the end of your life. I’m an action transvestite really, so it’s running, jumping, climbing trees… putting on make-up when you’re up there!”
That’s Eddie Izzard; a comedian of extraordinary talent and humor. “Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story” is, well, his story; his entire story, up to now anyways, from his birth in Yemen through his “Sexie” tour. Sarah Townsend (Diva 51) writer and former lover of Mr. Izzard, writes and directs this biography in a very competent and thorough…
"Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story" is a documentary that has some truly fascinating material, but presents itself so incoherently it prevents it from being the documentary it could have been.
If you are a fan of Eddie Izzard as I am then you are likely familiar with much that gets covered in Believe. However, there are some surprises here. For instance, the British tele programme (see what I did there?), Watchdog, charged Eddie with fraud for not having all new material during his next tour. Apparently they haven't seen another comedian perform ever as comedians often return to their old standards and improvise upon them. That is how new material comes to be! The film mostly follows Eddie as he attempts to develop new material without relying on the old, a system counterintuitive to the way comedy is usually written. You also get to see Eddie's career develop step by step from his schooling to street performing to stand up, to Hollywood films. At time the veil is lifted and you see glimpses of Eddie's naked soul.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The first thing that came to mind after watching Believe: The Eddie Lizzard Story is that it has a very good character and he has lots of good stories and quotes, but the film fails to put them together in a way that flows naturally and structured.
As an example, the film begins with a scene few years back with Eddie having being accused of fraud and then starts to tell how his childhood was, how he began acting, etc, etc. One would think the film would end by resolving that problem showed at the beggining. But no, it doesn't. Instead the director uses another story thats being build up through the doc to end it.
On the other side, it's really interesting how hard he (Eddie I.) had to work to become what he is now.