THE HEDY LAMARR STORY IS A STORY SCREAMING FOR A HOLLYWOOD FEATURE-LENGTH ADAPTATION
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
ICON. IMMIGRANT. INVENTOR
Hedy Lamarr is a name that we all should know, so why doesn’t the name resonate when mentioned?. At a time, she was the most glamorous name in Hollywood and the reason many actors, actresses and directors got involved in making movies.
Born in 1914 in Vienna, Austria to well-off Jewish parents, Lamarr already had a lavish lifestyle before making the move to Hollywood.
In 1933 Hedy Lamarr had a role in Gustav Machaty’s film Ecstacy. But controversy quickly spread like wildfire: In Ecstacy, Lamar appeared topless and was probably the first ever actress to act out an orgasm onscreen (she was getting pricked with a pin to achieve the right facial expressions). The dodgy AF story of Ecstacy was about a young girl who was in love with a much older man but ends up falling for a young soldier. Her nudity in that movie hit the viewers with a feeling they weren’t used to in cinema. I’d say some men choked on their fucking popcorn when boobs appeared onscreen.
After the backlash of Ecstacy, Lamarr made the move to Hollywood. Not long after she was signed by none other than Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, known to billions as MGM Movies (roaring lion).
As well as being described as the most glamorous name in Hollywood, she was also the inspiration for Batman’s, Catwoman. She also inspired the look of the character Snow White in Disney’s widely-adored classic.
But there was much more to Hedy Lamarr than her acting skills and looks. She was also an inventor. There is no other way to put it, Hedy Lamarr was a genius.
Lamarr invented a “covert communications system” to help defeat the Nazi’s in WW2. She then sold the patent to the U.S Navy, but they had no idea of its potential. It was only years later others realised the power of her invention. Lamarr’s invention is now known to the world as secure Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth.
Family, friends and celebs Diane Kruger, Mel Brooks among others share their stories and thoughts on Lamarr’s astonishing life.
Official Selection 2017
WINNER“BEST OF FEST”
Nantucket Film Festival
WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD BEST DOCUMENTARY
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD
Middlebury, VT Film Festival
(Executive produced by Susan Sarandon, Michael Kantor and Regina Scully)
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BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY Hits U.S. cinemas November 24th via Zeitgeist and Kino Lorber.