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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Opens Fri. Dec. 8

(NR) 1 Hr. 30 Min. In color and black & white (Digital) In English (Documentary)

What are the chances that the hottest pin-up girl of the 1930s was also a genius who foresaw wi-fi, bluetooth and cell phone technology? She was one in a million. Beautiful,  yet brilliant. An icon, and yet there is a tragedy behind all that. Lamarr, an impossibly stunning beauty, achieved international notoriety when she swam nude in a scene in the 1933 Czech film Ecstasy by Gustav Mahaty.  Her delicate figure, seen through the swirling water, was the first time such nudity had ever been depicted in a mainstream film. The daughter of a Jewish banker in Vienna, she went on to become a sex symbol for the ages and a Hollywood super star. But Lamarr was a naïve sex symbol: she never gave it a second thought. Her deeper passion had to do with mechanics and technology. During World War II she developed a concept (“frequency hopping”), which she patented, to enable radio-controlled torpedoes to sink Nazi U-boats, but the Navy paternalistically sneered at her ideas. Bombshell is the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.
“A thoroughly engaging eye-opening showbiz doc!”– The Hollywood Reporter
“Not just a stupendous tribute to Lamarr, but also a tribute to every brilliant woman ignored.” – Kristy Puchko, Nerdist

Fri 12/8 12:30 p.m.
Sun 12/10 5:00 p.m.
Mon 12/11 10:00 a.m.
Wed 12/13 1:00 p.m.
Thu 12/14 9:00 a.m.
State Theatre Modesto

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