By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

The Austin Film Festival had yet another excellent documentary to offer and I am so glad that I took the time to watch it.  Writer George Plimpton through his career became known as an infamous personality, who, in the process of writing about a particular subject, would attempt to participate in said activity. Especially after directing his career towards sports writing, Plimpton joined the Detroit Lions during their pre-season training and actually played in a scrimmage.  He would also try boxing, golf and other non-sports endeavors such as music and stand-up comedy.  Plimpton wanted to experience what the subjects of his topics experienced.  He almost fearlessly faced these challenges and was a superb writer on top of this.  As a founding member of the literary publication The Paris Review, Plimpton served as its first editor. The publication became well respected and recognized for publishing the works of authors such as Jack Kerouac, Samuel Roth and Robert Bly.  Plimpton also conducted and published insightful interviews with Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, and several others.

Plimpton led an incredible life and career and directors Luke Polling and Thomas Bean do a superb job sharing his wonderful story.  Polling and Bean combine interviews with friends, family, colleagues and other loved ones along with narration provided by the man himself.  People may experience some puzzlement at some of the exploits of this intelligent and talented writer; however, the man really wasn’t all that complicated.  He simply wanted to experience all that life had to offer and write about it.

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