Pumping Iron II: The Women (1985).
Been quite a while since I'd seen this and forgot how much more fascinating it is than the original Pumping Iron, which focused on male bodybuilding. At the time in the then still-burgeoning sport of female bodybuilding, there was a lot of disagreement on what constituted "femininity." Most folks held firm that it was when a woman looked athletic but not too muscular. Others opined that no matter how much muscle a woman packed on, as long as it was aesthetic and symmetrical, it could still be considered feminine.
The doc focuses on four particular female bodybuilders -- the svelt and lean Rachel McLish, the graceful and supple Carla Dunlap, underdog Lori Bowen and former power lifter turned bodybuilder and easily the most heavily muscled and cut woman in the compeition, Bev Francis. It seems as though the filmmakers were attempting to manipulate a Schwarzenegger/Ferrigno scenario between McLish and Bowen, who idolized McLish and cited her as her reason for getting into the sport. But the main thrust becomes the argument of feminity and the studied, drastic differences between the very feminine McLish and the "man-like" Francis.
What's so interesting about all this is that even the judges themselves can't agree on a definition of "femininity." While one male judge seems staunchly in support of Francis and a woman bodybuilder's right to build herself to massive proportions, a more reserved lady judge all but calls Francis a grotesque freak who has no business being in the sport.
Anyway, as you can see from my rambling, this really is a very interesting documentary. Like the original Pumping Iron there are a number of staged scenes and certain conflicts are created through editing than likely actually occurred in real life. But there are also a number of candid, character-revealing moments to be found, such as Dunlap cheering Francis on from behind the stage during Francis' posing routine, or Francis herself performing a humorous rendition of the bouncy, strip tease-like posing routines her more dainty counterparts employ during competitions.
Good doc. Even if you're not into female bodybuilding, or even bodybuilding in general, there's a lot of interesting stuff here.