Thursday, March 11, 2010

Ecstasy and Hedy Lamarr - A European Classic

Hedy Lamarr in Ecstasy.
1940 Lobby card

Hedy Lamarr (then named Hedy Kiesler) stars as Eva, a young woman who marries an older man and is rejected on their wedding night. Frustrated, she runs away and meets a younger man who responds to her unfulfilled yearnings. Called "the most whispered about picture in the world" at its release, "Ecstasy" shocked moviegoers with its erotic depiction of sex, particularly scenes of a young Lamarr swimming naked and its images of this unknown beauty at the height of passion. The European film, directed by Gustav Machaty, propelled Lamarr into Hollywood stardom and became an internationally-known classic hailed for its sophisticated approach to sexuality, maintaining a special place in movie history.

French Poster for Ecstasy 1933

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