Instead of marrying at 19 (to an arms merchant who supplied Hitler and Mussolini), could she have fled the coming war in England or America and gone to college?
Bolstering her innate creativity with scholarship, she might have been an engineering pioneer — instead of another of Hollywood's great "if only" tales.
An entertaining argument that we should view the Austrian immigrant as an ahead-of-her-time woman trapped by the mores of the 1940s and '50s, the doc has art house appeal and afterward would make a wonderful fit for TCM, whose late host Robert Osborne (a close friend of the star's) makes several appearances here.
Much is made of the relationship Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna) had with her looks.
A mechanically minded, self-taught inventor, Lamarr was 5 years old when she took apart and reassembled her music box; years later, when she was dating Howard Hughes, she allegedly revised his designs for a plane she knew wouldn't be able to do what he wanted.First-time director Dean does an excellent job of marshalling old source material, setting the scene for an account of Lamarr's life on- and off-screen. Mayer, who wound up paying her several times what he initially offered, to her big Cecil B.De Mille hit and subsequent self-produced features, we see a promising career that never stayed on the upswing for long.Her personal life was a wreck, too: six marriages, drug problems dating back to studio-issued pep pills, money problems and bizarre incidents of shoplifting.It's easy to trace many of Lamarr's difficulties to boredom and frustration, and to wish that the young girl in Vienna had been able to find a route into the professional sphere that didn't involve her looks.This is due to primarily to advances in technology (more reliable ovens, manufacture/availability of food molds) and ingredient availability (refined sugar). When removed the icing cooled quickly to form a hard, glossy [ice-like] covering.