Format: TCM Underground
Director: Vernon Zimmerman
Probably most famous for its editor of all things (a young lad name of Martin Scorsese), it's a Roger Corman movie about the rise and fall of a wayward young woman with a temper who finds stardom in the Roller Derby!
Starring Claudia Jennings - a person I'm surprised hasn't had a movie made about her life - it's a no-budget production that mostly relies on the drift in what you could show on a screen in 1972, and that meant lots of casual partial nudity. Which was what I associated with Roger Corman when I first knew who he was as a teen, and isn't really accurate.
The movie also has, oddly, Joe E. Tata! of 90210 fame, and Kathleen Freeman looking like she doesn't want to be there more than usual.
Look, it's a cheap and trashy movie, and that's the fun of it. I didn't tune into Unholy Rollers (1972) because I was expecting a David Lean film. That it shifts gears and tries to tell a story about the perils of roller derby stardom is almost weird. But if the movie lasts long enough, I guess it's going to tell some kind of story one way or another. I'm just not sure why they went for a downbeat ending.
I mean, it's not Mean Streets downbeat, but it's also not a "and she skated happily ever after".
Anyway. It does a great job of explaining and showing off roller derby, and made me miss going to bouts.