Hugh Hefner's After Dark: Speaking Out in America


Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 4 Thu, May 2 6:00 PM
Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 3 Sat, May 4 6:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Genre:Global Rhythms
Production Country:Canada
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Brigitte Berman


From the opening image of Sarah Vaughan singing, Brigitte Berman’s documentary entices viewers into a glamorous world long unseen. Featuring an endless stream of the famous and fabulous, the film is compiled from the TV shows “Playboy's Penthouse” (1959-1960, black-and-white) and “Playboy After Dark” (1968-1970, color). Berman lets the remarkable candid footage make the point that, in addition to his other interests, Hefner was a man intent on exploring ideas and breaking barriers racially and artistically. The shows were filled with black artists speaking candidly on topics rarely discussed in public at the time, much less on air. There are also many incredible performances by artists at their peak: Young Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Dick Gregory, Sammy Davis Jr., Moms Mabley, James Brown, Count Basie—too many to mention. This is one party you don't want to miss.—Dave Nuttycombe