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Bombshell (2017)

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, Alexandra Dean’s documentary about actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, is very sad, very painful, and yet beautiful.
But as a friend commented a few minutes ago, so was Lamarr herself.

There is this myth, of beauty being a damnation more than a blessing, and Hedy Lamarr’s story seems to play the myth out beat by beat, mercilessly.
Notorious for her nude scene and her filmed orgasm as a sixteen-years-old in Austria, Lamarr came to Hollywood as part of the contingent of refugees from Germany and Europe, fleeing the encroaching power of the Nazi Reich.
Louis B. Meyer was eagerly waiting for them, offering below par salary and strenuous filming conditions.  Continue reading