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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$11.50
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story – (dir. Alexandra Dean)
West Mall 7 Theatres – Doors Open 4:00pm – Film Begins 4:30pm
TRT: 90 min
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Documentary, Women, Technology
100% Fresh from Top Critics on Rotten Tomatoes
Film Summary: When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology. The secret communication system she creates is ground-breaking and eventually changes the course of history. It would make a terrific fictional film, but this story happens to be true. Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, invented a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications all over the world, a feat that would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology.
What the critics are saying:
What makes “Bombshell” intriguing is not just Lamarr’s gift for invention, it’s also what a fiery individualist she was, someone who had no regrets about her eventful life (“You learn from everything”), not even its racy, tabloid elements.
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
It fascinates both as film history and as a sobering reminder of how little credit a woman like Lamarr received, even at the peak of her popularity.
– Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
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
– Manohla Dargis, New York Times
A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc.
– John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
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