Cinecity 15th Brighton Film Festival

10 - 26 November

Hedy Lamarr in Ziegfeld Girl

21 Nov 9:00 pm: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Director: Alexandra Dean

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Hedy Lamarr, the 1940s Hollywood screen siren, was called “the most beautiful woman in the world”. As a teenager she had appeared nude and performed cinema’s first onscreen female orgasm in German drama Ecstasy, a 1933 film denounced by the Pope and banned by Hitler.

Fleeing Austria she joined MGM and was quickly sucked into the studio system and a career where her looks were valued more than her talent. But Hedy Lamarr was also an innately gifted, self-taught scientific inventor who worked at night to develop a “secret communications system” in a bid to help the Allies beat the Nazis.

Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, first time director Dean reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy but received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her later years. Meanwhile her ideas for a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” are the basis of the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, satellite, and military technology millions of people use today.

With Diane Kruger narrating a story that reads like a script form a Hollywood movie and featuring contributions from Mel Brooks and Peter Bogdanovich among others, Bombshell is a fitting tribute to Lamarr’s extraordinary life.

Starring: Hedy Lamarr, Diane Kruger, Mel Brooks, Peter Bogdanovich

Produced in: USA

Running time: 86 mins

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