14th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival  March 28 – April 8, 2019

Western Massachusetts Premiere

A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc.
– The Hollywood Reporter

The Hedy Lamarr Story

Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 PM (RESCHEDULED DATE: CALL 413.739.4715 x308 TO RSVP)
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley

Startlet. Screen Siren. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. All phrases used to describe 1940s Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary adds Inventor to the list. Known for her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, Lamarr’s legion of fans never knew she possessed such a beautiful mind. An Austrian Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, Lamarr came up with a “secret communication system” to help the Allies to beat the Nazis. Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, the film reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years. Though one of the most recognized faces in the world, Lamarr, according to executive producer Susan Sarandon, "was never seen for who she was."  Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a film for lovers of history, Hollywood and science. 

Discussion with Karen Remmler, Chair of German Studies, and Katherine Aidala, Chair of Physics at Mount Holyoke College. Moderated by Mara Benjamin, Chair of Jewish Studies at Mount Holyoke College.

Documentary | 2017 | 90 minutes
usa | English 
Directed by Alexandra Dean



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