Bomb­shell: The Hedy La­marr Story

Dir Alexan­dra Dean, US 2017 On UK re­lease from 9 March

Fortean Times - - Reviews / Films - Leyla Mikelssen

Any­one who knows their Hol­ly­wood his­tory will not only recog­nise the name Hedy La­marr, but also be able to put a gor­geous face to it. How­ever, as many a woman with equal parts beauty and in­tel­li­gence can con­firm, the for­mer tends to be re­marked upon and cel­e­brated a lot more than the lat­ter; and in La­marr’s case, she would come to con­sider her beauty a curse. Just as fans of Hol­ly­wood glam­our will cher­ish La­marr the movie star, any­one with a de­cent knowl­edge of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy can at­test to La­marr’s sci­en­tific ac­com­plish­ments be­ing just as, if not more, re­mark­able, as she played an in­te­gral part in de­vel­op­ing the tech­nol­ogy that peo­ple cur­rently rely on for their Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth and GPS needs.

In this doc­u­men­tary, the life, ca­reer and in­ven­tive ge­nius of this re­mark­able woman are ex­plored in de­tail. In an era of so­cial change when women are in­creas­ingly gain­ing voices to tell their sto­ries, La­marr’s is one that cer­tainly de­serves to be told, as it’s a thrilling, witty and tragic tale of a woman for whom recog­ni­tion is long over­due.

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