'Lipstick & Dynamite,' Grappling with the Truth

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Professional wrestler Ella Waldek from a wrestling poster.

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Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan reviews Lipstick & Dynamite, a new documentary about the brash and brassy women wrestlers of the '40s, '50s and '60s.

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What makes Lipstick different from the usual worshipful sports documentary is that director Ruth Leitman allows a glimpse of the unvarnished and unsanitized — how rough, rowdy and raucous these women's world could be. The stories aren't pretty, but they're true to life.

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