Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

"Recognition (and compensation) proved elusive in Lamarr's lifetime, but in this marvelous documentary, a brilliant woman - 'I'm a very simple, complicated person' - finally gets her due." - Village Voice

“Actress Hedy Lamarr’s beauty was far more impressive than her filmography. But as Alexandra Dean's eye-opening Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story shows, Lamarr's films were far from the most interesting thing about her. An entertaining argument that we should view the Austrian immigrant as an ahead-of-her-time woman trapped by the mores of the 1940s and '50s.

“Much is made of the relationship Lamarr had with her looks. A blessing and a curse, they opened doors while keeping people from accepting the possibility that she had deeper gifts. Yet she clung to them desperately in later years, undertaking many plastic surgeries that eventually left her frightful-looking; by her 60s, she was a recluse who avoided being seen in public.

“A mechanically minded, self-taught inventor, Lamarr was 5 years old when she took apart and reassembled her music box; years later, when she was dating Howard Hughes, she allegedly revised his designs for a plane she knew wouldn't be able to do what he wanted.

"First-time director Dean does an excellent job of marshalling old source material, setting the scene for an account of Lamarr's life on- and off-screen.” - Hollywood Reporter


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