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|Fr. Malcolm Boyd||Participant|
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Posted September 1, 2011
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel are more than a mere celebration of buxom women and the man who chooses them for his magazine cover. It connects the dots on the life and times of Hugh Hefner and his contribution to popular culture.
Delving back to the 1950s origins of Playboy the documentary explores how this publication opened the doors for feminist, racial equality, and free speech.
With a wide array of commentaries from a wide cast of individuals like Gene Simmons, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Tony Bennett, the portrait weaves is of an individual that used his new found influence to bring about change. It is interesting to see bits from his television show and the wide range of individuals that were promoted and influenced by their relationship with Hefner.
At times the pace can be a bit slow and redundant but overall this documentary does a good job of making you think of how much our popular culture has changed within the Playboy era.
Throughout the documentary Hefner shares candid insight into his thoughts and feelings of what was going on at that particular time be it the 50s or the 10s. At 85, Hefner still is living the dreams of the boy from the mid west who was seeking love and happiness.