Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, 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. The screen siren who was called “the most beautiful woman in the world,” invented a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” that lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology. It would make a terrific fictional film, but this documentary happens to be true. Written and directed by Alexandra Dean.


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 not even its racy, tabloid elements.

Kenneth TurinLA Times

A documentary tracking [Lamarr’s] life in which her beauty served to obscure her brains, although her brains persevered.

Tom LongDetroit News

Alexandra relates Hedy Lamarr,s ventures, those onscreen and off, with savvy and narrative snap, fluidly marshaling a mix of original interviews and archival material

Manohla DargisThe New York Times


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