When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history.
It would make a terrific fictional film, but this story happens to be true.
Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, invented a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications all over the world, a feat that would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology itself.
David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose: to get to America as soon as possible. For this, they need money. Clever, resourceful, and shady, they are succeeding in their goal when the past comes back to haunt them. Why is the beautiful German-American officer so interested in David? Who are the gangsters that are chasing him? Will the local people catch on to the scams? Will everyone get to America? There are no easy answers. Gorgeous cinematography creates an almost magical post-war setting, and comedy and drama are woven seamlessly to tell this tale of Jewish life in Germany after World War II.
An 80-year-old murder victim is found with 3 stabs to his chest and a number tattooed on his arm. A depressed detective, a second-generation Holocaust survivor, who has just come back to work after a suspension, reluctantly accepts the case. Alternating between flashbacks of the victim’s life and the personal struggles of the detective, director Amir Wolff maintains both a comedic tone and a noirish sensibility. The film’s crown jewel is a veteran cast of Israeli stage and screen stars who deliver captivating, bravura performances.
Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock [Daniel Day-Lewis] and his sister Cyril [Lesley Manville] are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma [Vicky Krieps], who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.