Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

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Inspiring and tragic, Bombshell is a bittersweet celebration and reclamation of Hedy Lemarr's journey from Hollywood legend to technology genius.

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When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history. 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

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  • Not your usual silver-screen documentary.

    March 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating documentary about Hedy Lamarr, an extraordinary woman who was so much more than the moviegoing public ever imagined.

    February 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a reminder that, even for world-famous icons, it's pointless to reduce people to a single piece of notoriety.

    May 21, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Steve Greene

    indieWire
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  • Lamarr was an enigma: a great brain trapped in a silly, spurious image of glamour, while her real talent was allowed to wither. A sad but fascinating story.

    March 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • If her story, however, is even vaguely familiar (made nude flick, was brainy, did inventions, made glamour flicks, stayed brainy, had lots of plastic surgery, died) then this will be a very ho-hum trawl.

    March 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • A vivid portrait of one of the most remarkable, pioneering women of Hollywood's Golden Age.

    March 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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