Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013)
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One of the great adventurers of the 20th century, George Plimpton embarked on a lifelong journey akin to fictional characters such as Forrest Gump and Indiana Jones. He hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, forced Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, was named the "Most Eligible Bachelor in Manhattan" by Esquire Magazine, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic and acted alongside
May 22, 2013 Limited
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A delightful look at the public career and mostly private life of the ultimate professional amateur.
The film strongly evokes a certain segment of the American cultural scene from the 1950s through the '70s, though Plimpton continued working until his death in 2003.
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself is a remarkable doc about a life well lived.
He was many things, the documentary reveals, but self-serious was not among the late writer's lengthy list of descriptors.
Failure was at the heart of Plimpton's appeal - and of the documentary "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself."
As an editor, he launched impressive careers; as a dabbler, he illuminated them.
George Plimpton seemingly approached life as if it were a buffet table, and this compelling documentary manages to offer a sizable sampling.
The film offers a front-row seat to the marvelous, fifty-year-long piece of performance art that was Plimpton's public persona.
Yes, there are laughs, but Tom Bean and Luke Poling create a nuanced portrait of Plimpton, an upper-crust dabbler who was kicked out of boarding school only to make a life out of dabbling.
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