Bechdel Film Festival: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
- February 15, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Brown Auditorium
1001 Bissonnet Street
- $2 - $65
14 Pews and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston present the inaugural Bechdel Film Festival, February 15 – 20, 2018, with screenings at both locations.
The MFAH hosts the opening night of the Festival, with the premiere of an acclaimed documentary celebrating an extraordinary woman: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. A Skype interview with writer-director Alexandra Dean follows the screening.
What does the most beautiful actress of the 1930s and 1940s have in common with the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology? They are both Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000), the glamorous Austrian movie star whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Catwoman. Less well-known are her accomplishments as a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during World War II.
Fillmmaker Alexandra Dean weaves a riveting story of a woman who was a feminist before the term was coined.
Lamarr’s film career is traced in reflections from her children; close friends including late TCM host Robert Osborne; and the voice of Lamarr herself, thanks to an extended interview recorded late in her life.
From a scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy, to a glittering Hollywood life, to groundbreaking but uncredited inventions, to the later years when she became a recluse, Bombshell pays tribute to Lamarr as the strong and inspiring person she was. Fun fact: her fifth marriage was to a Houston oilman!
The Bechdel Film Festival is dedicated to supporting and promoting female filmmakers. In addition to short films, we’ll have feature documentaries, panel discussions, script readings, “Works-in-Progress,” and much more.