Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story 2009 NR

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An intimate film about actor, writer, producer and comedian Eddie Izzard. Believe documents Eddie Izzard's colorful and dramatic life and tells the story of his extraordinary trails and triumphs. From rare footage of Eddie as a child dreaming to one day perform in front of a live audience to his sold-out performance of a lifetime at the legendary Wembley Arena; this is a moving portrait of one of the most celebrated artists of our time.

Starring:
Eddie Izzard, Melvin Altwarg
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story

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This was a refreshing insight into a very private man's real life and journey thus far.
Lisa A. Rhyne
I highly recommend this to anyone that likes Eddie Izzard and to anyone just looking for a really great documentary about a great, talented man.
U2fan
To be honest, the first time I saw it I cried at the end, but they were happy and amazed tears.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By C. Villanueva on February 2, 2010
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For years Eddie Izzard has entertained my family and I both in his comedic performances and his film performances but never before have we seen this side of Eddie.

I saw Believe for free through Eddie, he posted temporary link via his twitter page and I have seen it several times. Believe is a wonderful and heartfelt look at the life of Eddie Izzard and I thought it was truly amazing. I really came to understand how Eddie comes up with all the great material and how a comedian works on a tour. *SPOILER* Believe touches on themes that are familiar to everyone and tugs at your heart strings, near the end when Eddie is speaking about his mother and mentions how he believes everything he has done was in an attempt to get her to come back, it connected with me, and others, and made me think of my own loss and how true his statement was. One woman even said "you kept me laughing even when I was so scared" and then I realized how many lives he has touched.

I have never laughed so much and yet cried so much all in one documentary, this is a true testament to hard work and never giving up. I finished this film and I believed I really could do anything if I truly believed. Thank you Eddie for sharing your incredible life with us, you are a truly stand up guy.

I hope the dvd has some good bonus features and I will update the review when my pre-order arrives. See this film and share it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By W. M. Charles on March 8, 2010
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This bio-doc is unlike so many others because Eddie is such an unusual and amazing person. The format was creative, if simplistic, but didn't deter from the message. Eddie's openness about his failures is striking - not glossed over, and not excused. He seems to find his stream of consciousness style of comedy almost by accident (the "Wolves" sketch is a gem!). Whether non-Eddie fans would find this DVD appealing is questionable, but Eddie fans will definitely appreciate it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By U2fan on March 7, 2010
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Eddie Izzard is one of my favorite performers (doesn't seem right to just pigeonhole him as a comedian) and "Believe" gives you a whole new insight into the man. It is funny, sad, touching and happy all at the same time. It is entertainingly done with great pictures, music and graphics.

This film is a true testament to Eddie's talent and drive.

I highly recommend this to anyone that likes Eddie Izzard and to anyone just looking for a really great documentary about a great, talented man.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miss Sam, the Librarian on May 14, 2010
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I've been a fan of British comedian Eddie Izzard for ten years now, ever since 'Dress to Kill' aired on HBO. His humor is both ridiculous and intelligent at the same time. When I vacationed in London with my family in 2000, I even picked up Eddie's autobiography. Little did I know that the year I purchased that book, Eddie's career had just taken a down turn in the UK and he had stopped doing stand-up. 'Believe', a documentary by Susan Townsend, covers Eddie's return to stand-up with the SEXIE tour while also giving us a overview of his career.

Eddie's mother passed away from cancer when he was very young and he admits several times in the film that his career as a performer springs from wanting to get attention and be loved. It includes clips of Eddie performing on the street with friends, his appearance at FRINGE comedy festival, and, of course, clips from his bigger productions from the late 90s.

This was extra fun for me to watch because I actually saw one of Eddie's "workshop" shows in New York when he was still working out the jokes in the SEXIE tour. I then saw him again during the official run of the tour in Washington D.C. so I know first hand how he takes an idea and evolves it into a part of his show; it's a very organic process for him.

This movie, along with Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedian", should be required viewing for anyone thinking of going into the stand-up career track, or even just entertainment. If you're already a fan of Eddie Izzard, you MUST see this documentary. You really appreciate all the work and love he puts into his shows, and what a tenacious individual he is. If you don't know much about Eddie, it's still an inspiring film to pick up and see someone struggle for and achieve their dream.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 14, 2010
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I have been an Eddie Izzard fan for years and have enjoyed his special and intelligent brand of humor. I must say that this DVD took me by surprise. Izzards childhood and subsequent search for an outlet for his creativity is facinating! What a workhorse this man is...what humility....what heart! You have no idea what Eddie has been through until you watch this video...I have become an even greater fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Austen True on August 27, 2010
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In case you are looking for a standup comedy of Eddie's, then look elsewhere, because this is not one. Instead, this is a biographical study on his life. Indeed there are excerpts taken from his standups, even those from back in England before he started cross-dressing publicly; however, this is more of a biography with many interviews from people from his past, one even being Robin Williams whom Eddie sits down with to chat. In this biopic, the brilliant director delves into his past to explore where all his comic roots were born, and strikes a gold-mine's-worth of hardship and perseverance. Eddie did not have an easygoing life, beginning with the death of his mother, followed by boarding school, failed college ambitions, and a series of trials by fire in his comical development that eventually led to his success as one of the most renowned and beloved comedians today. If you are interested in learning more about what fuels Eddie's humor, drives him to success, and propels him to "Believe" in becoming more than just an entertainer, then this is a worthwhile biopic. His forceful spirit will impress you and the artful director's experimentally wondrous style will more than likely engage you. It was a bit lagging in certain areas leaving you wondering how long this movie really is, however it does possess its charms and if Eddie strikes a funny bone in your system, then prepare to "LOL" more than a few times.
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