Dir. Alexandra Dean (USA, 2017, 90 min.)
Hedy Lamarr, the 1940s screen siren, was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart, and Clark Gable on the big screen. Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary brings to light her lesser-known career as an inventor. Lamarr, an Austrian-Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, came up with a secret communication system called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications. This feat would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi technology. Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, Dean reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years. Lamarr’s fans never knew that in addition to her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, she possessed such a beautiful mind as well.
“A thoroughly engaging eye-opening showbiz doc!” - Hollywood Reporter
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