Book presentation: Frank Stern “Hedy Lamarr– Ihre Filme”
Fleeing from Vienna in 1937, Hedy Kiesler/Lamarr (1914–2000) became one of Hollywood’s most outstanding movie stars who, through her film roles over the course of 20 years, contributed significantly to the development of a modern image of women. Although the Hollywood studio system kept pushing her into playing the part of the “most beautiful woman in the world,” as she gained success she managed to get self-willed, self-confident women onto the screen and to mix up the gender order. Aside from the cinema, she also appeared on American television and radio shows. As early as 1930, the Viennese film media heralded the young Hedy Kiesler as an upcoming sound film star. After 1938 they remained silent about her and only “rediscovered” some of Hedy Lamarr’s films after 1945.
During the war years, Lamarr got involved in all levels of the fight against National Socialism and contributed to the U.S. war effort through her technological inventions in cooperation with the US Navy and the Roosevelt Administration in Washington. She played persecutees, displaced persons, exiles and resistance fighters in various film roles.
In this book, Frank Stern devotes himself exclusively to Hedy Lamarr’s cinematic work from 1930 to 1958. Even though she has meanwhile gained broad recognition due to her research work, no comprehensive review and discussion of her films has been published yet. The publication presented here is to make a significant contribution to this end.
Frank Stern, a cultural and film historian, has headed the focus on Visual and Contemporary Culture at the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna since 2004 and curates film series on German-language, American and Israeli cinema. He has written numerous publications on Austrian film and film émigrés. Since 2008 he has served on the board of the Jewish Film Club Vienna.
The publication is the seventh volume of the “Film Geschichte Österreich” edition published by Filmarchiv Austria.
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