Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood movie star who was hailed as the most beautiful and glamorous in the world. However, that was only the surface that tragically obscured her astounding true talents. Foremost of them was her inventive genius that a world blinded by her beauty could not recognize as far back as her youth in Austria with her homemade gadgets. This film explores Lamarr's life which included escaping a loveless marriage on the eve of Nazi Germany's conquest of her nation to a new career in Hollywood. However, her intellectual contributions were denied their due even when she offered them in the service of her new home during World War II. Only after years of career and personal decline in her troubled life would Lamarr learn that her staggering aptitude created brilliant engineering concepts that revolutionized telecommunications, which forced the world to realize the hidden abilities of a woman it had so unfairly underestimated.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
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Well done documentary about a person that deserves more then being seen just as a diva
If we are all honest nobody really knew about the story of Hedy Lamarr, and that's not even because she's not from our generation. Of course, I knew her as an actress, but what she accomplished besides her acting career is far more interesting, and it's good to have a nice documentary about it. The documentary is well done, with interviews from all kind of people, going from family members, actors, journalists and scientists and so on. There is also alot of interesting footage of her childhood, movies, her public appearances and her at an older age. She's been called the best looking woman in the world at that time, I wouldn't go that far, but she wasn't ugly that's a fact. The start isn't great, her as a Jew married to a weapon supplier of the Nazi's but at the end she did her best helping to fight the Germans, and that through her creative inventing mind. She should deserve much more then just a plaque for her invention. At least this documentary will give her the respect she deserves for the things she did. She was probably not an easy person to live with, but that's because she was a victim of Hollywood and drugs. In the end, I think she would be much better off if she didn't start her acting career and just concentrated her efforts in the promising inventions she had in her creative mind. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is certainly worth a watch, just to have another and better view of the woman she was, way more then just a glamorous Hollywood diva.
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