A First Friday Film co-presented by the Strand and the Farnsworth Art Museum, Plimpton! tells the story of writer, editor, amateur sportsman and friend to many, George Plimpton.
Using Plimpton’s own narration – along with thoughts and stories from friends, family and contemporaries – the film is a joyful celebration of a life lived fully, richly, strangely, and, at times, a life that is hard to believe was actually lived by just one man.
Plimpton hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, got Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic and acted alongside John Wayne, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon. He also co-founded The Paris Review, which became one of the most influential literary magazines in history, launching the careers of generations of writers, from Philip Roth and Terry Southern to William Styron and Jay McInerney.
Filmmakers Tom Bean and Luke Poling have researched and catalogued Plimpton’s life and his work. They have interviewed people from every aspect of Plimpton’s life in order to tell the story of this one-of-a-kind person. Both The Paris Review and Plimpton’s family have generously collaborated to support the production of the film and they have provided a bounty of previously unseen material, which will surprise even the most die-hard Plimpton fans.
“Smartly constructed, using copious archival interviews to allow Plimpton to largely tell his own story, Bean and Poling’s documentary is a brilliant example of creative biographical filmmaking.” - IndieWire
Directors: Tom Bean and Luke Poling
USA | 2012 | NR | 89 min