Whatever device you’re reading this on, maybe it’s your phone, a tablet, or a laptop, it is most likely connected to wifi. You might have some music on, or just turned off your podcast that’s connected to a Bluetooth speaker. Whatever you’re connected to began with an invention created by Hedy Lamarr. Yes, the famous movie star, MGM’s icon, Hollywood’s “leading lady,” invented the technology that revolutionized Bluetooth technology as revealed within the first three minutes of Alexandra Dean’s documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.
The film tells Hedy Lamarr’s story, a movie star who wanted to be seen for her genius intellect and inventions but was instead only viewed as an image of beauty and desire. Lamarr was a complicated woman, so much so that her son said in an interview, “She had so many sides and so many faces, even I couldn’t understand who Hedy Lamarr was.”
Bombshell flows between the audio of Lamarr telling her story and interviews with friends, family, historians, military personnel, authors, and actors. They examine her life on and off-screen and the complicated lines that formed between the two. The film looks at the rigidness Lamarr used to separate her various personas: She was Jewish and left her Nazi-sympathizing husband behind in her beloved city of Vienna. She was a mother of three, one of her children being her adopted son whom she sent away before her natural children could remember. She was an actor that left film studios where she was drugged in order to stay awake only to go home to her lab and bring her inventions to life. She was this and so much more as the film engagingly portrays.
Bombshell captures so much of the real Lamarr that she exposed in her tapes. This film reveals her inner beauty, intelligence, and fortitude she so desperately wanted the public to see, as well as the darkness she struggled to hide from us. As a young woman, I feel personally inspired and encouraged by Lamarr’s resilience. It is a treat to watch and to feel a little closer to who the true Hedy Lamarr was.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is available to stream on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu and YouTube. Follow Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story on Facebook, Twitter and the film’s website, and follow Alexandra Dean on Twitter.
Tiffany McIntyre is a student at Michigan State University where she studies English, Professional Writing, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is the social media manager and a publicist for feminist film companies Sabana Grande Productions and agnès films. She is honored to be a part of this blog to focus on women representation in film.