Bombshell: The Hedy Lamar Story


She was the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s. And she was an inventor, who innovated new  wireless technologies and helped Howard Hughes redesign his planes. There has never been a human like Hedy Lamarr, glamour icon (an inspiration for both Snow White and Cat Woman) and scientific visionary (her radio system, patented in the 1940s, could have thrown Nazi torpedoes off course). Alexandra Dean and producer Susan Sarandon weave interviews and clips, incredible period footage never-before-heard audio tapes to tell a stranger-than-fiction tale, from Austrian Jewish emigre, to subject of an internationally scandalous 1933 nude scene, to icon of Hollywood—all the while while dreaming up new inventions—and through to a sad, reclusive end. And we wonder: what could have the formidable role model accomplished had her brain been taken as seriously as her looks? (U.S., 2017, 90m)