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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

The unforgettably beautiful actress, producer, inventor and mother, married to six men, hooked on Meth Amphetamine by Dr. Feelgood, maker of patents which ended up helping win the World War and protect the president, and yet she stayed in the spotlight for her looks more than anything else - and fell out when those looks betrayed her.

She lived a pretty unique life. It started good, but ended badly. But maybe not so badly after all. What a story. It's one worth hearing.

Though her life sure was interesting, this documentary is sometimes also surprisingly ordinary. There's a lot of talk, and not a lot of action. There's not a lot of controversial footage either (at least there's a glimpse), but more so her story told from the angle of how unfairly she was treated because of her looks, and how much more she did than look good in the movies, which might have something to do with the director being female.

It's all told with suitable visual imagery though, with interview and/or narrative, with intrigue, and a good pace, although I feel the angle's not always entirely neutral. But what is entirely neutral, after all? Whomever the director is I'm sure there'll be some form of bias, and maybe this form is for the better after all, in that we do get to see a bigger picture than we might have otherwise. I learned a lot, about the lady I knew more by name and face than anything else.

I wouldn't have minded more Ecstasy, but even without it really was an interesting, inspiring, and somewhat tragic life story, told with integrity and curiosity. The best way after all.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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