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Hedy Lamarr on TCM: Ecstasy, Algiers, Tortilla Flat

21 October 2010 4:52 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Hedy Lamarr, Ecstasy It's Hedy Lamarr evening on Turner Classic Movies tonight, beginning at 5 p.m. Pt. TCM will be showing five Lamarr vehicles, including the scandalous Ecstasy — nudity, sex, orgasm! — made by Gustav Machatý in Czechoslovakia in 1933, five years before Lamarr's Hollywood debut in Algiers. There's no nudity, sex, or orgasms in Algiers, but there's lots of cigarette smoking — much more damaging to one's health than orgasms — and Charles Boyer not saying "Com wheez me to ze Casbah!" Jean Gabin and Mireille Balin starred in the original French version, Pépé le Moko, released the year before — which shows that Hollywood's penchant for remaking French movies is nothing new. In Victor Fleming's Tortilla Flat, Lamarr looks great and sounds all wrong as Monterey's Dolores Ramirez — but her performance is a masterpiece of acting compared to those of fellow Hispano-Americans Spencer Tracy and John Garfield. The [...] »

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