U.S., 2017, 90 minutes, 2K DCP, Dir. Alexandra Dean, Not Rated, Kino Lorber
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Tuesday, March 22
“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
Join us after the screening for a panel discussion with notable women in STEM.
What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone 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.
This film will be followed by a panel discussion with Shirley Auxais (Chief Training Officer, RTJ Group Training Testing and Job Center), Cynthia Lebron, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies) and Lynn Sargent (Research Assistant and PhD Candidate at the University of Miami). This event is part of the National Evening of Science on Screen®, a coast-to-coast offering of thought-provoking programs that pair film screenings with explorations of science, technology, and medicine. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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