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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (NR)

Release date: March 18th, 2018

Run time: 1:26

Direction: Alexandra Dean

Genres: Documentary

Synopsis: What does 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 radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course 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.

What are the chances that the hottest pinup babe of the 1930s was also a genius who foresaw wi-fi, bluetooth and cell phone technology? She was one in a million: Hedy Lamarr. She achieved international notoriety when she casually swam nude in the 1933 Czech film Ecstasy.She went on to become a sex symbol for the ages and became a top Hollywood star. But her deeper passion had to do with mechanics and technology. During World War II she developed a concept (“frequency hopping”), which she patented, to enable radio-controlled torpedos to sink Nazi U-boats, but the Navy paternalistically sneered at her ideas. Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking about her incredible life, BOMBSHELL 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. “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, not even its racy, tabloid elements.” –Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times.