Reel Reads

The Loft Cinema and Antigone Books Present

Reel Reads

Each month we feature a book associated with a film being screened at The Loft Cinema.
Books are available at Antigone Books with a 10% discount during the month.
Loft members receive a 20% discount with a valid membership card.

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March Reel Read

This month's Reel Read book is Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes.

Featuring an introduction by engineer/educator Sharon O’Neal, who recently retired as an Engineering Director I at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson!  Sharon was the first female at RMS to achieve the distinguished technical classification of Senior Fellow Engineer.

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII. Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record 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 ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her latter years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten—Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.

The film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story will show at the Loft Cinema Thursday, March 15 at 7:30pm.