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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 trials 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.
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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.
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.
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.