20 July 2018 | Michael_Elliott
Exceptionally Good Documentary
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
Exceptionally entertaining documentary that takes a look at the life and career of Hedy Lamarr, the actress who many consider to be the greatest looking woman to ever appear in movies. The documentary covers her early childhood, the notoriety that came with her nude scenes in ECSTASY as well as her time in Hollywood and a controversial dealing with the U.S. government.
If you're a fan of Lamarr then you'll certainly want to check this documentary out. It starts off talking about the actress in her later years as well as a book she was to write about herself but that never materialized. The film's main draw is the fact that Lamarr did give an interview later in her life and those audio tapes were recently discovered and on display here.
I really enjoyed this documentary because it did a very good job at covering various aspects of Lamarr's life and it didn't shy away from some of the bad stuff. I respect the documentary for being open and honest on these subjects and a lot of credit goes to her children who are interviewed here and shine a light on what was going on in their mother's life at the time all of this was going on.
The documentary certainly pays close attention to her movies including the controversial nudity that she did and her reasoning's for it once she came to Hollywood. The good portion of the running time is devoted to how smart Lamarr actually was and how she designed a very important item during WWII and one that should have brought her riches but didn't.
BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY is well-researched and contains a lot of great information on the actress. The interviews with her family as well as fans (like Mel Brooks) makes this a must-see.