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]] Anatomy of a Murder (1959) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Trina B on 2013-06-02 08:15:28.



Trina B said:
This 1950's misogynist masterpiece almost passes the Bechdel test. There are two named characters. One of these named characters (the personal secretary of a lawyer defending a guy on trial for murder) goes to a beauty salon and tries to get the scoop on a secretive woman who lived with the man murdered in that case (It"s implied). The manicurist (unnamed) says to the secretary...

"Well we never talk about our clients. never. but if we did... "
and as if on cue, the subject of their conversation walks passed, and the manicurist says to the secretary, "That's her, Mary Pathunt".

This would be a technical pass, since the manicurist was talking about a woman. However, the secretary never actually says anything in that scene, and the definition of a conversation is'" a talk, especially an informal one, between TWO OR MORE PEOPLE, in which news and ideas are exchanged". Therefore, because there was not an actual verbal exchange between the two women, it doesnt count, even on a technical level.
Message posted on 2013-06-02 08:15:28

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