USA, 2017; 88 min. NR. Direction and script: Alexandra Dean.
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.
“It fascinates both as film history and as a sobering reminder of how little credit a woman like Lamarr received, even at the peak of her popularity” – Chicago Tribune.
“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.
“Tells the story of a triumphant and consequential life. And there’s more: everybody interviewed on camera about her apparently really liked her, especially her children. That’s no small achievement”- San Francisco Chronicle.
Tuesday July 24 – 7:30PM;
Wednesday July 25 – 7:30PM;
Saturday July 28 – 7:30PM;
Sunday July 29 – 1, 2:50PM.
$6.00 adults, $4.00 seniors, $3.00 Clark students, faculty and staff (with ID)