Western Massachusetts Premiere
A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc.
– The Hollywood Reporter
The Hedy Lamarr Story
Sunday, March 25, 7:00 PM
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. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a film for lovers of history, Hollywood and science.
Discussion with Robin Blaetz, Chair of Film Studies, and Katherine Aidala, Chair of Physics, at Mount Holyoke College. Moderated by Mara Benjamin, Chair of Jewish Studies at Mount Holyoke College.
Co-sponsored by Mount Holyoke College Jewish Studies Program
Documentary | 2017 | 90 minutes
usa | English
Directed by Alexandra Dean