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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

  • The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center 20 Terry Street Patchogue, NY, 11772 United States (map)



Thurs, Mar 29 - 7:30 P*

*Post-screening film discussion with Prof. Peter Mascuch

Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1940s. In the 1930s she did a scandalous nude scene in the film Ecstasy, fled from an oppressive marriage, and found solace in an acting career through MGM studios. She became such an icon that her likeness was the inspiration for both Catwoman and Snow White in later films. Behind the glitz and glamour, however, lay the mind of an inventor. Lamarr had no formal training, but studied science and taught herself about aerospace engineering and electrical engineering in her spare time. She went on to help invent a torpedo radio guidance system during World War II; her studies and inventions became the basis for the bluetooth and WiFi technology we use today. She is also known for her work in signal-hopping and aerodynamics. Her work made such an impact on science and technology that she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014. This film follows her life story, from her glamorous acting career to her hobbies in the sciences. Through the use of interviews and never before heard audio clips, Hedy Lamarr tells her story in her own words. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was named one of the best films of 2017 by Artforum.

Directed by Alexandra Dean
Starring Nino Amareno,  Charles Amirkhanian,  Jeanine Basinger
Running Time 1 hr 28 mins

General Admission: $9 * Students: $7 * Members: $6 * Children (12 & Under): $5

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