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Starlet. Screen Siren. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. All phrases used to describe 1940’s Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary adds Inventor to the list. Known for her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, Lamarr’s legion of fans never knew she possessed such a beautiful mind. An Austrian Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, Lamarr came up with a “secret communication system” to help the Allies to beat the Nazis. Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, Dean reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years.

  • Director: Alexandra Dean
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Biography | Documentary
  • Year: 2017
  • Run Time: 01:29:00
  • imdb Score: 7.4/10 (288 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Nino Amareno, Charles Amirkhanian, Jeanine Basinger
"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."
Manohla Dargis - NEW YORK TIMES

"BOMBSHELL becomes not just a stupendous tribute to Lamarr, but also a tribute to every brilliant woman ignored."
Kristy Puchko - NERDIST

"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."
Chuck Wilson - VILLAGE VOICE

AWARDS

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival 2017
Best Feature

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2017
Best Director

Nantucket Film Festival 2017
Best Director

New York Film Critics, Online 2017
Best Documentary

Scottsdale Int'l Film Festival 2017
Best Film

Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2017
Best Documentary by or About Women

FESTIVALS

Tribeca Film Festival 2017

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2017

Vancouver Int'l Film Festival 2017

Woodstock Film Festival 2017

Adelaide Film Festival 2017

Tacoma Film Festival 2017