Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story


Friday Dec 08 01:00 PM
Sunday Dec 10 01:00 PM
Sunday Dec 10 04:00 PM
Sunday Dec 10 07:30 PM
Wednesday Dec 13 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Community partner: Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking

Directed by Alexandra Dean. USA. 2017. 90 min.

Hedy Lamarr was such a classic Hollywood beauty that her face was the inspiration for Disney’s Snow White. The Austrian-born screen siren—her real name was Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler—played the glamorous seductress opposite the day’s top leading men, from Clark Gable to John Garfield. She also dated Howard Hughes. And all along, she had a “hobby”—as a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII. The film weaves interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her groundbreaking, and uncredited, inventions to her later years as an impoverished recluse.

Special guest: At 7:30pm screening on Dec 10th, join us for a film introduction by Dr. Song Choi from the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. 

Dr. Song K. Choi received his BS, MS, & PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, respectively. His specialization is in robotics with an emphasis in unmanned systems, automatic control systems, autonomous vehicle design, novel sensor systems, alternative/renewable power sources, and graphic monitoring systems for unmanned vehicles with emphasis on underwater technologies. He returned to Hawaiʻi in 1991 and has been a professor of Autonomous Systems Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and has published multiple papers in his arenas of expertise. He has been the assistant dean for the College of Engineering since 2004 and has been working with various primary, middle, and high schools in the State in promoting STEM education through robotics. He is a co-founder and president of Marine Autonomous Systems Engineering, Inc., a Hawaiʻi-based spin-off company specializing in autonomous marine technologies. He is an active member of several engineering and philanthropic societies and serves as a board member on several technology and education organizations.

Read the Hollywood Reporter review.

The Honolulu Museum of Art is proud to participate in Science on Screen®, an initiative to offer creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. This is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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