Brantford Film Group
Brantford Cineplex / 7pm screenings
Bombshell: Hedy Lamarr Story
Thursday, April 12
Nonetheless Hedy repeatedly said that her beauty was “her curse.” During WW11, outraged by the German U Boat torpedoing of an Allied ship with 83 school children, Lamarr, along with a composer friend, George Antheil, invented “frequency hopping”, a technology that would provide the Allies with the capability to aim at enemy U Boats with deadly accuracy. However blinded by Lamarr’s glamorous image, the US navy rejected her invention. Years later, she and Antheil were credited with the creation of this revolutionary wireless technology that is the basis of modern communications: GPS, wifi, cell phones and military satellites etc.
Hedy Lamarr was truly a bombshell both on and off screen, as writer and producer Alexandra Dean attests in this bombshell documentary.
1 hour 30 minutes American biography, documentary PG13
Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle
Thursday, April 26
Death of Stalin
Thursday, May 10
In writer/ director Armando Iannucci’s witty and sometimes savage satire, the Kremlin of 1953 is a powder keg of backstabbing and treachery, where Members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party fend off daily both political and physical peril. On a good day, they might be promoted; but on a bad day, at the whim of Russia’s notorious tyrant, Josef Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin), they may be denounced and hauled off to a gulag or even executed. When Stalin dies suddenly, members of his inner circle react with both absurdly insincere “grief” and ruthless double dealing as they jockey for power. Cleverly cast, Stalin’s courtiers and sycophants include: Steve Buscemi as General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev, Michael Palin as Foreign Affairs Minister Vyacheslav Molatov, Jason Isaacs as war hero General Zhukov, and Simon Russell Beale as secret police chief Beria. Iannucci expertly slides into the classic Soviet era mode of subversive satire, enlivening it with his own slippery gags, as his characters kick up their heels in an hilarious but outrageous “troika of power, incompetence and bad faith” within 1953’s Kremlin. Join us to admire their fancy footwork!