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Hedy Lamarr - Secrets of a Hollywood Star

Hedy Lamarr - Secrets of a Hollywood Star
Scene from "Hedy Lamarr - Secrets of a Hollywood Star" (photo © C Produktion)

MGM-tycoon Louis B. Mayer called Hedy Lamarr "the most beautiful girl of the century." A psychological portrait of glamour star Hedy Lamarr who became scandalously famous in 1933 as the first nude on the screen with her appearance in the Austrian/Czech film Ecstasy. She then had an extraordinary career in more than 25 Hollywood films. Don’t forget her historic patent for a torpedo guided system from 1942 which serves today as the basis for mobile phones. The documentary contains interviews with Mickey Rooney, Lupita Kohner, Kenneth Anger and many other personal friends of Hedy. With clips from Ecstasy by Gustav Machaty and Hedy by Andy Warhol.


Donatello Dubini was born in 1955 in Zurich and died 2011 in Cologne. He pursued Film Studies at the Film Academy in Vienna from 1975-1977, followed by studies of Drama, Film and Television Studies at the University of Cologne. He was a member of the Film Collective Zurich from 1977-1979 and is also a member of the filmmakers' and distributors' initiative "Der Andere Blick". Together with his brother Fosco, their films include: BLINDGÄNGER (1983), ÜBER MIR DER HIMMEL, UNTER MIR EIN SCHWARZES LOCH (1984), tHE DISAPPEARNCE OF ETTORE MAJORANA (DAS VERSCHWINDEN DES ETTORE MAJORANA, 1986), KLAUS FUCHS - ATOM SPY (KLAUS FUCHS, ATOMSPION, documentary, 1989), J.K. - EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH ONE'S OWN EGO (J.K. - ERFAHRUNGEN IM UMGANG MIT DEM EIGENEN ICH, documentary, 1991), LUDWIG 1881 (1993), JEAN SEBERG - AMERICAN ACTRESS (documentary, 1995), THE JOURNEY TO KAFIRISTAN (2001), THOMAS PYNCHON - A JOURNEY INTO THE MIND OF P. (documentary, 2001), and HEDY LAMARR - SECRETS OF A HOLLYWOOD STAR (2006).

Fosco Dubini was born in 1954 in Zurich. From 1975 - 1981, he studied Drama, Film and Television at the University of Cologne. From 1977-79, he was a member of the Film Collective Zurich. Since 1991, he has been an instructor at the ESAV Ecole Supérieure d'Art Visuel in Geneva. Together with his brother Dontatello, their films include: BLINDGÄNGER (1983), ÜBER MIR DER HIMMEL, UNTER MIR EIN SCHWARZES LOCH (1984), tHE DISAPPEARNCE OF ETTORE MAJORANA (DAS VERSCHWINDEN DES ETTORE MAJORANA, 1986), KLAUS FUCHS - ATOM SPY (KLAUS FUCHS, ATOMSPION, documentary, 1989), J.K. - EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH ONE'S OWN EGO (J.K. - ERFAHRUNGEN IM UMGANG MIT DEM EIGENEN ICH, documentary, 1991), LUDWIG 1881 (1993), JEAN SEBERG - AMERICAN ACTRESS (documentary, 1995), THE JOURNEY TO KAFIRISTAN (2001), THOMAS PYNCHON - A JOURNEY INTO THE MIND OF P. (documentary, 2001), and HEDY LAMARR - SECRETS OF A HOLLYWOOD STAR (2006).

Barbara Obermaier was born in 1965 in Bad Reichenhall and studied Modern Literature, Art History and Media Sciences in Salzburg, Vienna, Paris, Orléans, and Constance. She has been in film production since 1995 and became a PR agent in 1997 for various filmmakers and distribution companies. Hedy Lamarr - Secrets of a Hollywood Star marks her directorial debut.
Genre History, Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2006
Directors Donatello Dubini, Fosco Dubini, Barbara Obermaier
Screenplay Fosco Dubini, Barbara Obermaier, Donatello Dubini
Cinematography Donatello Dubini
Donatello Dubini, Fosco Dubini
Producers Donatello Dubini, Fosco Dubini, Cardo Dubini, Barbara Obermaier, Monique Indra
Production Company Tre Valli Filmproduktion/Zurich, in co-production with Dubini Filmproduktion/Cologne, Obermaier Film/Cologne, MI Films/Vancouver
Length 84 min
Format color, b&w
Original Version
 German/English
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
Sound Technology Dolby, Dolby SR
Festivals FIPATEL Biarritz 2006, Solothurn 2006, Kiev 2006 (In Competition), Documentamadrid 2006, Cracow 2006, Teplice 2006, Olmuetz 2006, Sao Paolo 2006
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, EDI, City of Zurich, Succès Cinéma
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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