“You walk into this movie expecting to see a lot of sweat and walk out with more to think about than you bargained for.”
A group of female bodybuilders — including butch Australian powerlifter Bev Francis and the more traditionally feminine Rachel McLish — prepare for and compete in the 1983 Caesars World Cup in this lesser-known sequel to the film that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a superstar. A fascinating exploration of gender, femininity, and society’s expectations of womanhood, PUMPING IRON II: THE WOMEN is the rare sequel that’s better than the original. In 35mm. Queer Cinema: Lost & Found programmer Elizabeth Purchell will join us for a discussion at the screening on Saturday, July 15.