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