Skype interview with writer-director Alexandra Dean follows the screening

The MFAH hosts opening night of the inaugural Bechdel Film Festival with the premiere of this acclaimed documentary celebrating an extraordinary woman. The festival continues February 16–22: visit 14 Pews for details.

What does the most beautiful actress of the 1930s and ’40s have in common with the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell-phone and Bluetooth technology? Both are glamorous Austrian movie star Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000), who inspired Snow White and Catwoman. Less well-known are Lamarr’s accomplishments as a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during World War II. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story weaves a riveting story of a woman who was a feminist before the term was coined.

Lamarr’s career is traced in reflections from her children; close friends including late TCM host Robert Osborne; and the voice of Lamarr herself. 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!

Read about the film in Vanity Fair.

• Before the screening, toast the legend at Happy Hour Thursday! Enjoy themed drink specials & bites from the night’s food truck.

About the Filmmaker
Emmy Award winner Alexandra Dean has produced documentaries for PBS and Bloomberg television, including the series Innovators, Adventures, and Pursuits. She also writes about invention for Businessweek magazine and is a founding partner of Reframed Pictures.

Festival Ticket Prices
General admission $10. MFAH members, seniors (65+), and students with ID receive $2 discount.

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Alexandra Dean
Running Time
90 minutes
Digital, Color