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Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

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Overview

For good or ill, there's no arguing that few magazines have had as great an impact on American culture as Playboy, which helped launch several major salvos in the sexual revolution and broke down barriers about what was acceptable to show and say in print. But while the magazine's founder and publisher, Hugh Hefner, has a well-deserved reputation as a free speech advocate and a man who embraces the good life in every way he can, the person behind the carefully cultivated public image remains a mystery to many. ...
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Overview

For good or ill, there's no arguing that few magazines have had as great an impact on American culture as Playboy, which helped launch several major salvos in the sexual revolution and broke down barriers about what was acceptable to show and say in print. But while the magazine's founder and publisher, Hugh Hefner, has a well-deserved reputation as a free speech advocate and a man who embraces the good life in every way he can, the person behind the carefully cultivated public image remains a mystery to many. Filmmaker Brigitte Berman presents an in-depth portrait of a man who has quietly promoted many causes other than wine, women, and song in the documentary Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel. In addition to chronicling the rise of his publishing empire, the film explores how he's used his success to promote causes he believes in, such as racial equality, reproductive freedom, First Amendment causes, fighting the anti-Communist blacklist, and equality for women. Created with Hefner's participation and featuring interviews with Mike Wallace, Jesse Jackson, George Lucas, Jim Brown, Pete Seeger, Dick Gregory, and James Caan, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • UPC: 625828548802
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Peace Arch Trinity
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 86,123

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Hefner Participant
Joan Baez Participant
Tony Bennett Participant
Pat Boone Participant
Fr. Malcolm Boyd Participant
Ray Bradbury Participant
Jim Brown Participant
Susan Brownmiller Participant
Vincent Bugliosi Participant
James Caan Participant
Dick Cavett Participant
Robert Culp Participant
Tony Curtis Participant
Linda Gordon Participant
Dick Gregory Participant
Tim Hauser Participant
Keith Hefner Participant
Jesse Jackson Participant
Burt Joseph Participant
Dr. Lois Lee Participant
Nat Lehrman Participant
George Lucas Participant
Bill Maher Participant
Jenny McCarthy Participant
Vicki McCarty Participant
Barry Melton Participant
Mary O'Connor Participant
Art Paul Participant
Dennis Prager Participant
Dick Rosenzweig Participant
Loretta Sanchez Participant
Pete Seeger Participant
Eldon Sellers Participant
Gene Simmons Participant
David Steinberg Participant
Shannon Tweed Participant
Mike Wallace Participant
Dr. Ruth Westheimer Participant
Gahan Wilson Participant
Larry Adler
Lenny Bruce
William F. Buckley
Country Joe & the Fish
Miles Davis
Sammy Davis Jr.
Dorothy Donegan
Bobbie Doyle
Jerry Falwell
Gateway Singers
Dizzy Gillespie
Alex Haley
Charles Keating Participant
Hendricks and Ross Lambert
Max Lerner
Dr. David Reuben
Buddy Rich
Gore Vidal
Josh White Sr.
Christie Hefner Participant
Technical Credits
Brigitte Berman Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Tom Hillman Animator
Ao Loo Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Pellerin Associate Producer, Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Raymont Producer
Victor Solnicki Producer
James Mark Stewart Score Composer
Richard Vandentillaart Editor
John Westheuser Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
1. Chapter 1 [9:47]
2. Chapter 2 [11:04]
3. Chapter 3 [11:56]
4. Chapter 4 [10:29]
5. Chapter 5 [7:53]
6. Chapter 6 [9:34]
7. Chapter 7 [10:16]
8. Chapter 8 [10:30]
9. Chapter 9 [12:03]
10. Chapter 10 [10:38]
11. Chapter 11 [16:33]
12. Chapter 12 [3:27]
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Disc #1 -- Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Living the life

    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.

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