Hedy Lamarr was not only a Hollywood star, she was also a freak for innovation who developed a broadcasting system used by the Allies against the Nazis. A documentary portrait of a fascinating woman who did not receive the respect she deserved.
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3 stars for the movie but 5 stars for Lamarr. What a character. What a mind. Another powerfull woman that hollywood tried to erase from history. Alexandra Dean's documentary while not amazing is still a very, very important piece of filmmaking and history.
Of course Hedy Lamarr´s life is amazing but once again this is not the question here. The problem is what almighty storytelling has become, a monster that flattens everything. A method that always reproduces the same schemes and artificial emotions. What this "school" of thinking tries to prove every time is that filmmaking and imagination are secondary. This has little to do with cinema.
"She should've gotten paid". She should've gotten recognition. She should've lived in a world where women are respected by their achievements. A world where you can have a pretty face, talent and brains all at once. A world where men don't take all the power and discard your importance and later use your inventions without letting you know or acknowledge you for them. In a fair world, Hedy would've shone. ↴
The Hedy Lamarr story is a somewhat tragic one of a woman revered for her beauty but ignored for the things that truly mattered to her: her inventions and her intellect. However, it is also a story of hubris and vanity that would strike Lamarr in her projects and in her self image which would include some tragic cosmetic surgery. The film is ambitious for its short runtime and could have benefited from more detail.
We don't expect biographical doc such as BOMBSHELL to reinvent the wheel. We watch them all the same. I know what I personally hope for is both to get all the information, naturally, and to be blissfully swept along. Too often here directorial and editing choices are made that are cringeworthy. However, I was for the most part blissfully swept along (and at times quite moved). Hedwig Kiesler commands reverence.
Where are the complete taped interview with Hedy? I need to hear it as that is a fascinating piece that should have been played over the soundtrack while showing moments of her life. Now that would have been fantastic. At least the film show a part of Lamarr overlooked for ages and maybe there should have been a full film about that instead as there are tons of diva documentaries about her already.
The term "bombshell" describes an empty object that looks sensuously explosive. That's what Hollywood demands women become. It's a tragedy that Hedy, despite her scientific genius, fell into this trap and came to rely on her beauty for her sense of self worth. This documentary could have used a more meaty interior; it ends up relying on all those beautiful shots of Hedy's exterior to move us through her life.
Hay algo especial en este género del documental que se dedica a desenterrar algún aspecto desconocido de una persona famosa: es el intento de humanización a posteriori. La historia se mueve muy rápido y no se detiene por ningún detalle, solo importa el gran retrato, el icono. Filmes como este rescatan historias, historias de seres humanos. Cinematográficamente, tiene algunos detalles pero nada que impida su disfrute.