Science on Screen! BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (Free for Members) with Guest Speaker Katherine Jin2017 | 90 minutes | Not Rated | Documentary
Thursday January 25, 2018, 7:30pm (Film Center)
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, Free for Members,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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This film is part of our Science on Screen® Program, which is supported by The Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Guest Speaker Katherine Jin, COO and Co-Founder of Kinnos, will share her experience as an inventor.
When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history. It would make a terrific fictional film, but this story happens to be true. Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, invented a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications all over the world, a feat that would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology itself.
"Recognition (and compensation) proved elusive in Lamarr's lifetime, but in this marvelous documentary, a brilliant woman - "I'm a very simple, complicated person" - finally gets her due."--Chuck Wilson, Village Voice
"There are Hollywood biographies, then there are fascinating lives. One of the most beautiful - and arguably the smartest - actresses of all time could certainly claim the latter."--Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News