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

[[0]] Rashomon (1950) [imdb]

This movie passed 0 of 3 tests. It was entered by Oscar on 2010-07-28 20:54:44.



Cygnifier disagreed with the rating and said:
The named criteria is a bit tricky because in Rashomon, only one character (Tajomaru, the bandit) is given a name. Everyone else is referred to in a fabalistic manner by role: Priest, Woodcutter, the Commoner, the Woman, etc. (Oddly enough, IMDB gives names to the couple, but I'm positive that these names are never used, at least not in the English subtitles). Given that, I would argue that there are two women named: the Woman (or the Wife) and the Medium. They never talk with one another though so this would only meet criterion number 1.
Message posted on 2011-09-23 15:52:12
Ali disagreed with the rating and said:
I agree with Cygnifier above. The women are not 'named', but they are both major parts of the film and its story; given that not naming characters is a convention of the film I would say that the Woman and the Medium count for test number 1.
Message posted on 2012-08-27 11:54:43
DeSales disagreed with the rating and said:
The two people above me raise good points, if no characters are named, the named criterion should not apply. The purpose of that criterion seems mainly to be in place to ensure that the characters have more than a fleeting presence or are acknowledged as important by the film. Since both female characters are important, it seems as though the film should pass the first criterion, even if it still fails the second two.
Message posted on 2012-11-08 18:22:25

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