Bombshell

February 28, 2018

It would make a terrific fictional film, but this story happens to be true! Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called "the most beautiful woman in the world" and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy,

Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, invented a wireless form of communication called "frequency hopping" that revolutionized mobile communications all over the world, a feat that would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology itself.

This film explores Lamarr's life, which includes escaping a loveless marriage on the eve of Nazi Germany's conquest of her nation, to a new career in Hollywood. However, her intellectual contributions were denied their due. Only after years of career and personal decline in her troubled life would Lamarr learn that her staggering aptitude created brilliant engineering concepts that revolutionized telecommunications, which forced the world to realize the hidden abilities of a woman it had so unfairly underestimated.

Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, filmmaker Alexandra Dean reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy during World War II, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a film for lovers of history, Hollywood and science.

“If there were ever the personification of "more than just a pretty face," it was Hedy Lamarr.”  Chris Knight, National Post

USA
English
Rated: PG
90 minutes
4 - 5:30 & 7 - 8:30

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