Playboy, Activist and Rebel

BATD ON Aug 06, 2010 AT 11:46 am

Hugh Hefner and his girlfriends, 2010

Oscar-winning Canadian filmmaker Brigitte Berman takes a look at the man behind the robe in her documentary film—Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel. With his Playboy empire started in December 1953, Hugh Hefner racially, sexually and politically liberated American culture—at least that’s what Brigitte Berman thinks. 

“For me, this film has it all—sex, glamour, politics, romance, tragedy, and conflicts,” Brigitte said. “And many great surprises about a man people think they know, but don’t really know.” 

Brigitte unabashedly tries to make the case with her documentary that there’s more to this man than porn, and she places him near sainthood. It’s like we have 84-year-old Hef saying, “I’m more than a pretty face.” But Brigitte’s selling point is quite simple—behind Hef’s Playboy Mansion, his many (much too young) Playmate girlfriends and his Viagra popping pill habit, stands a man who outraged the US government, the religious right and radical feminists to pave the way for journalistic freedom, racial equality and sexual liberation. 

Whether you love him or hate him or couldn’t care less about him, Hugh Hefner’s cultural influence is undeniable. However, the film is said to hardly look at Hef’s personal life, offering little serious discussion about him. 

Sounds like Hef himself doesn’t want to bare it all out on the big screen so what we get is a limited look at the man behind the robe. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel hopped onto the big screen with a limited release on Friday 30 July in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington DC. 

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