Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Dir. Alexandra Dean | 86 min
Documentary United States 2017 English

Tuesday, December 57:30 PM Edlavitch DCJCC On Rush*

Screening note:

*Rush indicates that we’re sold out of advanced tickets for this screening. A rush line will form 1 hour prior to show time. About 5 minutes before the scheduled start time, ticket-buyers from the Rush Line will be admitted based on availability inside the theater.

Starlet. Screen Siren. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. All phrases used to describe 1940s Hollywood icon Hedy Lamarr. This illuminating documentary adds Inventor to the list. Known for her physical glamour and electric on-screen persona, Lamarr’s beautiful mind was often overlooked.

An Austrian Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic schematics by night, Lamarr invented a “secret communication system” the Navy used to fight the Nazis, but received no credit, and eventually went bankrupt.

-Note adapted from the Tribeca Film Festival

Followed by a post-screening conversation with filmmaker Alexandra Dean, and Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland, Evelyn Torton Beck.

Featuring a pre-screening reception at 6:30 PM sponsored by the Embassy of Austria.

Guests

Screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker Alexandra Dean, and Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland, Evelyn Torton Beck.

Alexandra Dean is an Emmy award-winning journalist and producer. She produced news-magazine documentaries for PBS before becoming a series and documentary producer at Bloomberg television producing the series Innovators, Adventures and Pursuits. She also writes about invention for “Businessweek” magazine. Today she is a founding partner at Reframed Pictures.

Evelyn Torton Beck is Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland. She has pioneered numerous interdisciplinary courses on topics as diverse as Women in the Arts, Mothers and Daughters, Jewish Women in International Perspective, Women and the Holocaust, Death and Dying in Modern Literature, Lesbian Studies, Gender, Power and the Spectrum of Difference, and Feminist Perspectives on Psychology, among others. She is the editor of Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology and has piloted courses on Jewish Women in International Perspective.

Press

  • A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc.The Hollywood Reporter
  • Bombshell becomes not just a stupendous tribute to Lamarr, but also a tribute to every brilliant woman ignored.Nerdist

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Print Source

Zeitgeist Films
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Tickets

*Rush indicates that we’re sold out of advanced tickets for this screening. A rush line will form 1 hour prior to show time. About 5 minutes before the scheduled start time, ticket-buyers from the Rush Line will be admitted based on availability inside the theater.

This event finished on December 6, 2017.