The most beautiful woman in the world was deeply misunderstood. In the 1930s and 40s, actress Hedy Lamarr was given that heady moniker - praised across Hollywood for her smoldering visage and European sensibility. She was stunning, to be sure, with a gift for acting that landed her in films along side future icons like Judy Garland and Clark Gable. Though she never reached the same level of celluloid canonization, Lamarr had another gift to offer the world, one that has built her a legacy far greater than her films ever did. The actress, it turned out, was also a brilliant inventor, eventually creating and patenting a form of frequency hopping that is still used in modern technology. Do you like WiFi? You can thank Lamarr for that. (Excerpted from Vanity Fair)
BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY is a masterful portrait that restores Lamarr's rightful place not only in the history film, but in the world of science as well. Turner Classic Movies host and Rose Theatre owner Robert Osborne, who passed away last March, was one of Lamarr's best friends, and he provides wonderful anecdotes in BOMBSHELL about this complex, remarkable woman.
"Superb...Recognition (and compensation) proved elusive in Lamarr's lifetime, but in this marvelous documentary, a brilliant woman...finally gets her due." -Village Voice
In last week's column I highlighted the beautiful soliloquy in the final moments of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by actor Michael Stuhlbarg. I was glad to hear from many viewers who felt the same after seeing the film. The movie plays through Thursday, February 8th. And on Tuesday, February 6th the Port Townsend Film Festival will host their monthly Salon following the 7:00 showing in the Rosebud.
It's interesting what 13 Academy Award nominations will do for a movie. THE SHAPE OF WATER has sold out every show in the Starlight since receiving those nominations. It moves downstairs to the large auditorium this Friday. And PHANTOM THREAD moves upstairs to the Starlight.