Bechdel Test Movie List

/bech·del test/ n.
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

[[1]] "Chess in Concert" (2009) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Renee on 2010-07-08 13:32:30.

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Renee said:
Also known as 'Great Performances', but fans will know it as "Chess in Concert".

Amazing music, but it does not pass the test.

Starring Kerry Ellis and Idina Menzel as our two ladies who never speak to each other.
Message posted on 2010-07-08 13:32:30
Merry said:
Incorrect that they never speak to each other—they sing a duet—but correct that it still fails the test: the duet's called "I Know Him So Well".
Message posted on 2011-01-27 04:12:44
Rozax said:
Seeing as this is a musical, because they were both on stage together, singing a duet, and lamenting over a similar problem does not mean that they actually spoke to each other. I believe the tone of this song would not have been so sentimental if this were a conversation between wife and new squeeze.
Message posted on 2011-04-29 06:54:59
Thomas Hartwell said:
What's interesting about Chess is that, since the musical has had so many different and revisions over the years, it may or may not pass the Bechdel test depending on which version you use.

In this concert's case, since it is a lightly-modified variation on the original London script, it fails the test pretty drastically, as the only interaction between Florence and Svetlana is "I Know Him So Well", a song centered around mutual suitor Anatoly (it's even worse in later revisions, where the song is played as a meta-diegetic interaction, meaning the two women technically don't ever speak to each other).

Other versions fare better, though none are quite perfect. Broadway and certain revisions do the best, as it includes several lines of dialogue between the characters not centered around Anatoly, and which can be expanded pretty heavily should the reviser wish to do so.
Message posted on 2014-09-27 22:54:28

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