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USA, 2017/Documentary, 90 minutes/English/Written and directed by Alexandra Dean (unrated)
Touted in late ‘30s Hollywood as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Hedy Lamarr was far more than a pretty face: she was an inventor whose work paved the way for today’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. Bombshell chronicles Lamarr’s life in a time when being beautiful and brilliant was not an option, from her beginnings as the inquisitive, gifted daughter of assimilated Austrian Jews, to her international success in a scandalous film at the age of 19, to a life of being seen but not known in Hollywood. Both inspiring and cautionary, Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr Story restores its subject to her rightful place as a remarkable, complex, multi-faceted human being.
Winner: Audience Award, 2017 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival; Best Documentary by or about Women (tied), 2017 Women Film Critics Circle Awards; Best Documentary, 2017 New York Film Critics, Online 142
With special guests, writer-director Alexandra Dean and feminist film critic Carrie Rickey see special events>
Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr Story, and the appearances of Ms. Dean and Ms. Rickey, have been generously sponsored by Conrad and Gail Siegel