What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of Cellphone and Bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman, and a technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII.
Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her latter years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten—Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.
USA, 2017, 90 minutes, 2K DCP, Dir. Alexandra Dean, Unrated, Kino Lorber
“Critic’s Pick. Very enjoyable… Ms. Dean relates Lamarr’s ventures, those onscreen and off, with savvy and narrative snap, fluidly marshaling a mix of original interviews and archival material that includes film clips, home movies and other footage.” —The New York Times
“A masterful portrait of a most complex character… Restores Lamarr’s rightful place in the history not only of film, but of science as well.” —The Economist
“A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc!” —The Hollywood Reporter
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