Just who is Hedy Lamarr, you ask? Well… she was born Hedy Kiesler in Vienna, 1914. Remarkably intelligent and remarkably beautiful, she was discovered at a young age, and by 1933 had caused a scandal by appearing in the film Ecstasy at the age of 18. From there, she became a bonafide Hollywood star. Oh, and she also invented a radio system that could throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII, an antecedent to bluetooth and wifi. Director Alexandra Dean does an excellent job mixing interviews with notable commentators (Peter Bogdanovich, Mel Brooks, Diane Kruger) alongside audio recordings of Lamarr herself.
“In this marvelous documentary, a brilliant woman finally gets her due” — Village Voice