September 7th, 2010 by Glendyn
I find this really fascinating…
It just blows my mind that most films don’t pass this very simple test.
1. Does the film has more than two women in it, that have names?
2. Do they talk to each other?
3. Do they talk to each other about something other than a man.
Its so simple but when you start going through the movies you love, adore and respect, very few will pass the test. There will be alot of films you think will or should pass, but they won’t.
Are our story telling conventions really that rigid and simplified that women can only participate structurally in the most basic of ways? I can think of very few films that pass this test. Thelma and Louise (maybe?), Kiarostami’s Ten, Im sure there are more, there has to be. It’s alot tougher than you think. Particularly the minute you even step near ‘mainstream’ cinema.
So, do you know any movies that pass The Bechdel Test?
UPDATE : Head over to www.bechdeltest.com for a comprehensive list of films which pass the test. Interestingly there is a lot of disagreement on what does and not pass with some movies on the list. It looks like alot of films at first, but when you take a closer look only films that have a ‘: )’ after them fully pass. There are some surprising results. Who would have thought Machete would have passed!?