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Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (2010)

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A documentary devoted to the story of Portland, Oregon's Rose City Rollers roller derby league. The project attempts to answer the question why this revival of the 1970's sport has become a staple in Portland.

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A documentary devoted to the story of Portland, Oregon's Rose City Rollers roller derby league. The project attempts to answer the question why this revival of the 1970's sport has become a staple in Portland.

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9 January 2010 (USA)  »

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$25 (USA) (21 January 2011)

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$8,809 (USA) (21 January 2011)
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Emmett Till
Written by Dylan Magierek
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Published by Extra Gravy (BMI)
From the album "Happiness Is Easy"
Courtesy of Badman Recording Co.
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Mildly interesting.
21 December 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Brutal Beauty" is a mildly interesting documentary about a non-professional women's roller derby league. The teams in the film are from the Portland, Oregon area and despite the roughness of the sport, the women do it for the pleasure of playing--and get paid nothing. In fact, THEY have to pay to be in the league so it's obvious that they are really, really committed to the game.

Much of the film consists of a wide variety of interviews with the players and coach. Some of these are interesting (such as a social worker who plays and the women discussing their MANY injuries) and most of them, quite frankly, aren't all that interesting. And this gets to the heart of the problem I had with the film--a lot of it wasn't all that compelling and I think the film was much too long. Shortening the film and tightening the focus would have made for a much more interesting documentary.

By the way, if you do watch the film, don't be surprised with the VERY rough language--it goes with the territory!


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