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Calling Hedy Lamarr

Calling Hedy Lamarr
Scene from "Calling Hedy Lamarr "

Calling Hedy Lamarr is a film about the legendary Hollywood diva and so-called "most beautiful woman of the world" Hedy Lamarr (alias: Hedwig Maria Kiessler). It is hardly known that the famous actress was also a visionary inventor. Hollywood didn't provide opportunities for female smart minds and so her invention was kept a military secret. Her electronic technology enabled allied torpedoes in WWII to hardly ever be detected and is still used today. While her patent on frequency hopping is also the basis of all modern mobile communication, Hedy Lamarr never made a single penny with this mind-breaking technology.


Georg Misch was born in 1970 in Esslingen and studied Film and Media Studies at the National Film and Television School in London and at the University of Stirling. Since 1997, he has been working as a freelance director for documentaries, features and commercials. A selection of his films includes: Insight (short, 1997), Lifestories: Douglas Bryson (short, 1997), It's About Time (1998), Ere We Go (documentary, 1999), Lines (short, 1999), Style Tribes - Fashion (2000), I am from Nowhere (documentary, 2002), and Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004).
Genre Biopic, Tragicomedy
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2004
Director Georg Misch
Screenplay Georg Misch
Cinematography Jon Sayers
Michel Palm
Producers Martin Rosenbaum, Ralph Wieser, Gunter Hanfgarn
Production Company Hanfgarn & Ufer Film/Berlin, in co-production with Mischief Films/Vienna, Lone Star Productions/London
Length 72 min
Format color
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version German
Festivals Locarno 2004, Hamptons 2004, Vienna 2004, Kassel 2004, Seville 2004, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2005, Goteborg 2005, INPUT San Francisco 2005
Awards Special Mention Locarno 2004

With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmfonds Vienna, Austrian Film Institute

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