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American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story: Season 1 (2016)
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I have a feeling that a thorough Web browse might be a viable alternative.
A thorough and fascinating portrait of a man and his dream that fails to truly challenge perceptions, at least in its earliest episodes.
Absorbing, semi-dramatised 10-part documentary that takes us from the pre-history of the magazine when it was called Stag Party to its latter-day fight for survival.
It's a study in contrasts and seeming dichotomies-a skin mag crusading for social justice, even as its founder seems genuinely befuddled by justifiable criticism of his exploitation and objectification of women.
Only towards the end does the series nod at the less salubrious outcomes of this megalomania, but by then the viewer is already drowning in the vast, unedited river of Hefner worship.
Some of the more interesting archived footage is eclipsed by the images of the magazine's celebrated centerfolds, as well as the dramatic reenactment of Hefner's life. All of this is offered in context, but makes it more entertaining than informative.
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