Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story (2014)

Director
Michael Lee Nirenberg

Main cast
Larry Flynt; Jimmy Flynt; Al Goldstein; Paul Cambria; Ron Jeremy

Genres
Documentary

Description
Back Issues is the definitive documentary of porn magazine Hustler, from its nightclub inception as it adapts to pornography in the 21st century. Director Michael Lee Nirenberg's father was was one of the original art directors in the 1970s and 80s. Back Issues is a complete look at the personalities and features that made this the most offensive magazine of all time. The story is told by its publisher as well as the editors, cartoonists, models, attorneys, art directors and cultural figures for the first time ever.


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