|Above: George Plimpton - Photo: Alen MacWeeney/Corbis|
George Plimpton was a writer, editor, amateur sportsman, and many other things throughout his life. He was a man who had a great curiosity about life and was a collector of experiences. He was known for what is called participatory journalism and boy did he participate. He was the universal amateur and immersed himself in every experience in order to write about them with a knowing that only comes from experiencing things first-hand.
On Sunday, February 16 at 8pm, PBS America will premiere Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself , a wonderful film about his life and various experiences. He was a larger-than-life character and the film paints a picture of a man who fully used up every moment of his life to the fullest.
Plimpton came from a well-heeled and accomplished family, but made his own way in the world through his own special brand of writing. He was also the editor of The Paris Review, which remained a labor of love for him through many years.
Another highlight of his life was his time playing quarterback with the Detroit Lions football team. Out of this experience he wrote his famous work The Paper Lion , which was widely read and catapulted him to a whole different level of fame. He was close with the Kennedy family and rubbed elbows with many people of note during the second half of the 20th century. He was the ultimate man about town in Manhattan and was a very intriguing person. George Plimpton passed away in 2003 at the age of 76, but his legacy definitely lives on through his writing and indeed this film.
I thoroughly enjoyed the film because from beginning to end it's a celebration of life. It touches upon so much and provides a window through which we can view several events in the popular culture of the time. We hear his story through posthumous narration and through the recollections of his friends and family.
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself will premiere on PBS America on Sky channel 534 and Virgin Media channel 243 at 8pm on Sunday, February 16th. It will be shown again Monday, February 17th at 1:15am, 11:35am, and 3:45pm.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this film for review purposes only. I was not paid. All opinions are my own.