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

[[3]] Rebecca (1940) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by schwarta on 2009-12-28 23:16:34.



emily said:
I was thinking about this book and the movie the other day, in particular that the main character is never named exactly, other than as Mrs. De Winter. I was curious to know if that name would count her as a named character for the purposes of this test.
Message posted on 2013-02-22 18:29:24
Melanie said:
I think since Joan Fontaine is credited as "The Second Mrs. DeWinter", she would be considered a named character.
Message posted on 2013-08-23 17:24:16
Alex Ferguson said:
I think Mrs de Winter counts enough for the test. Plus, the named rule kinda becomes obsolete if the unnamed character is main cast.
Message posted on 2014-12-07 07:46:13
Drew Olds said:
If Ms. DeWinter doesn't count, it is a failure of the test, and not the film.

She is the central protagonist, and the majority of the film is spent talking about Rebecca (much with Danvers).
Message posted on 2018-02-24 19:17:05
Drew Olds said:
"The Second Mrs. DeWinter" is not a name. The fact that we never know her name is kind of a point the film makes.

All together, this film is an intensely interesting deconstruction of the male gaze.

If it fails the Bechdel test due to a deliberate decision to leave the central character unnamed, it is a case of the the test failing the film, not the other way around.
Message posted on 2018-02-27 16:09:34
Sir William said:
Yes, a unique case where the main character's first name is not revealed! But yes, Mrs. de Winter definitely counts, and has a number of non-man-centric conversations with Mrs. Van Hopper, Mrs. Danvers, Beatrice and Clarice.
Message posted on 2018-03-18 05:02:42

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