Known for her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, Hedy Lamarr also possessed an exceptional mind. An Austrian Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, Lamarr developed and patented a secret communication system to help the Allies beat the Nazis. Rare recordings, interviews, and excerpts from Lamarr’s own diary expose how this secret genius with a scandalous past never received the respect she deserved — in film or in science. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, voiced by Diane Kruger.
“the underexposed, amazing story of a Hollywood glamour queen who could have been a scientist.” Hollywood Reporter Review
“ relates Lamarr’s ventures, those onscreen and off, with savvy and narrative snap” NY Times Review
“Intriguing” LA Times
This program made possible by the Lunder, Sam L. Cohen, and Bernard Osher Foundations.
Documentary / Dir: Alexandra Dean / USA 2017 / 90 min
2017 Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival; Best of Fest, Nantucket Film Festival; Audience Award Middlebury Film Festival; Audience Award Best Documentary San Francisco Jewish Film Festival; NYFCO Award New York Film Critics Online
Railroad Square Cinema
17 Railroad Square,
Saturday, March 10, 7:30pm