Hugh Hefner - The Founder And Editor of Playboy (DVD)

Tony Palmer

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Tony Palmer
June 16, 2014

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This 1973 documentary by the award-winning director Tony Palmer shone a light on the multi-millionaire Hugh Hefner and his Playboy empire. It gave Hefner the opportunity to tell his story and, of course, it offended the usual suspects - Mary Whitehouse, the Daily Express and many more.

The film charts Hefner's rise from a small-time publisher to Playboy becoming one of the world's best known brands. As Hefner says: "We had no money at all, and I mean literally no money. I doubt that any major magazine in our time has ever been started with as little initial investment. My own investment in Playboy was $600, all of it borrowed. The entire enterprise is now valued, in 1973, at something around $200 million."

"A brilliant, thoroughly good humoured and subtle dissection of an extraordinary
man by a master film maker." - The Times

"The real essence of Playboy was trying to put not just sex, but the whole notion of play and pleasure, back into the American concept of living. And that proved to be a little more revolutionary than I realised when I started."

"It blatantly flouted TV's legal obligation not to offend against good taste and decency." - Mary Whitehouse

"As distasteful as one might have expected." - Daily Express

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Catalogue number TPDVD165
Barcode 5060230864471
Number of items 1
Packaging type Keep Case
Imported No
BBFC rating exempt
DVD Region 0
Weight 86g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 130mm x 11mm x 190mm