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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

The world’s most beautiful woman was also the secret inventor of secure wifi, bluetooth and GPS communications, but her arresting looks stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved… until now.

Hollywood wild-child, Hedy Lamarr, was infamous for her many marriages and affairs with everyone from Spencer Tracy to JFK. In Alexandra Dean’s stunning new documentary portrait BOMBSHELL, Lamarr‘s very image is re-framed and brought into a modern focus – not only as an actress, but as the brilliant mind who co-invented 1940’s wireless technology.

After  inventing  the  movie  sex  scandal,  she  married  a  Nazi collaborator, escaped him, and fled to Hollywood. There, Lamarr  became  a  movie  star  known  as,  “the  most  beautiful woman in the world.” Songs  were  written  about  her  beauty,  Snow  White  and  Cat  Woman  were  modelled  on  her  iconic  look.  But  today,  fifteen  years after her death, the world has forgotten Hedy Lamarr, the great beauty…. It  turns  out one-time “most beautiful woman in the world” was also a secret inventor, who  in  the  midst  of  World  War  II,  used  her  free time to co-invent a radio-control technology meant for torpedoes – which  would  ultimately  pave  the  way  for  secure  cell  phone  communication,  WiFi,  Bluetooth, and drone warfare. This is the story of what happens when an actress, admired and ridiculed for her wild life, is secretly a genius who changed the world. Featuring the voices of Susan Sarandon and Diane Kruger and interviews with Peter Bogdanovich, Mel Brooks, and more.

“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.” (LA Times)

“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)

“There are Hollywood biographies, then there are fascinating lives. One of the most beautiful – and arguably the smartest – actresses of all time could certainly claim the latter.” (LA Daily News)

Friday, December 29
Doors 5:30 pm | Movie 6:00 pm

Advance tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door

Saturday, December 30
Doors 1:30 pm | Movie 2:00 pm

Advance tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door

Sunday, January 7
Doors 1:30 pm HERE | Movie 2:00 pm

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19 w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (Alexandra Dean, 2017 / 90 mins / PG) Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

 

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