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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

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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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What makes "Bombshell" intriguing is not just Lamarr's gift for invention, it's also what a fiery individualist she was, someone who had no regrets about her eventful life ("You learn from everything"), not even its racy, tabloid elements.

December 7, 2017 | Full Review…

An entertaining documentary, though its thesis isn't entirely convincing.

November 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Dean is fascinated by the highs and lows of this enigmatic woman's life.

November 24, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Ms. Dean relates Lamarr's ventures, those onscreen and off, with savvy and narrative snap, fluidly marshaling a mix of original interviews and archival material that includes film clips, home movies and other footage.

November 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Recognition (and compensation) proved elusive in Lamarr's lifetime, but in this marvelous documentary, a brilliant woman - "I'm a very simple, complicated person" - finally gets her due.

November 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Too sympathetic toward its subject to serve as a satisfying biography of the actress-inventor, but it's a totally serviceable, if disappointingly uncinematic, film about a singular celebrity.

November 21, 2017 | Full Review…
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