This intimate documentary examines the life of travel writer and novelist Peter Matthiessen, exploring the creative force that as inspired the author to write such imaginative and beloved works. Cammila Collar, RoviThis intimate documentary examines the life of travel writer and novelist Peter Matthiessen, exploring the creative force that as inspired the author to write such imaginative and beloved works. Cammila Collar, RoviRead Less
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No Boundaries is a PBS documentary on the life and work of naturalist, novelist and activist, Peter Matthiessen. The film summarizes Matthiessen?s life through interviews of Matthiessen?s friends, family and colleagues, through Matthiessen?s own revealing comments and through information about his fiction and nonfiction, beginning with his prophetic Wildlife in America in 1959 through to his magnum opus, Shadow Country, which won the Matthiessen his second National Book Award in 2008. Glenn Close narrates the film.
The film is just over one hour long and serves as a brief introduction to one of America?s most intriguing contemporary authors. One of the main points of the film is that Matthiessen is a true Renaissance Man, capably filling many roles ? CIA agent, founder of the Paris Review, naturalist, novelist, civil rights and free speech activist, and Buddhist monk. The film also hints at a dark side to Matthiessen?s personality and the conflicts and tragedies that have shaped both Matthiessen?s spiritual journey and his fiction. The film gives equal attention to Matthiessen?s nonfiction as to his novels. The segment on the controversy over his In the Spirit of Crazy Horse was particularly interesting.
The film?s title is apropos for a documentary about a man whose respect and compassion for life spans cultures, nationalities and species. It is also an apt descriptor for a man whose thought is as unconfined as Matthiessen?s.