Lipstick & Dynamite

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Released 2004

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Director:
Ruth Leitman
Released:
2004
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With the advent of the WWF (and later, the WWE), female wrestling entered a new phase in its popularity, with the top stars in the game earning considerable amounts of money, and taking up the sport professionally. This film takes a look at the trailblazers of the sport--the women who bucked tradition and decided to become wrestlers in the 1940s and ‘50s. The recollections veer dramatically between good and bad times, making some fascinating viewing for any enthusiasts of the sport. With all-time greats such as The Fabulous Moolah, Gladys “Killem” Gillem, and Ella Waldek dipping into the memory banks, LIPSTICK & DYNAMITE is a fond look back on a bygone era for women’s wrestling. 

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    What makes Lipstick & Dynamite its own animal is that, intentionally or not, the director has allowed something else into the mix, a glimpse of the unvarnished and the unsanitized.

  • 70

    Variety David Rooney

    Smart assembly of terrific archive footage is matched by spirited interviews with the tough old broads today.

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    This visually stylish work, with its vintage glamour photos, film and television clips, and snippets from a 1951 B-movie, "Racket Girls," is more of a scrapbook than a coherent his...

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