Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel


When Hefner launched Playboy magazine in 1953, he became a champion of the sexual revolution and, immediately, the forces of Church and State initiated a war against him that raged over the decades. Hefner is revealed both as a hedonistic playboy, but, more importantly, as the man who’s been a groundbreaking advocate and catalyst for civil rights, the First Amendment, and human rights.

With humor and insight, the film captures Hefner’s fierce battles with the government, the religious right, and militant feminists. Compelling interviews with a remarkable Who’s Who of the decades, and rare footage, present a brilliant and entertaining snapshot of the life of an extraordinary man and the controversies that surrounded him.

EXCLUSIVE: Brigitte Berman Talks ‘Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel’

Most people know Hugh Hefner as a robe-wearing eternal youth playboy who built his empire of beautiful women and luxurious lifestyle choices from the ground up. In her new film Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, director Brigitte Berman exposes this iconic figurehead of the prominent men's magazine as a Civil Rights Leader, a law changer, and a harbinger of ethical enlightenment. With her great new documentary, we are given insight into the behind-the-scenes struggles Hugh has had to overcome these past seventy years to become one of the most trusted brand names in entertainment. If you think you know Hugh M. Hefner for all he's worth, Brigitte Berman's upcoming film will have you seeing this interminable bachelor in a whole new light.

For a documentary, this has quite an epic, cinematic scope feel to it. Was that simply because the subject matter lends itself to that type of storytelling?

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