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]] Macbeth (2015) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Laureb on 2015-12-27 02:44:54.



Laureb said:
Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff never talk to each other. Are the three witches named? That's questionable. I have to blame Shakespeare and Elizebethan culture for this fail, not Hollywood because it was pretty faithful to the play.
Message posted on 2015-12-27 02:44:54
neithergoodorbad said:
Of course the two Ladies don't talk to each other, they are basically enemies and are hundreds of miles away from each other. But I agree with the criticism in so far that Lady Macduff is merely a plot device, she and her children get killed off to give Macduff a reason for revenge. Lady Macbeth is actually unusually complex for an Elizabethean character, and she and her husband interact on the same level, she even manipulates him, and he seems pretty much dependent on her.She doesn't talk to other people (women) because she is in fact isolated (the play actually has a scene where she talks to one of her maids, but it got cut out) Shakespeare was actually pretty damn progressive for his time, writing plays where coloured people and jews got soliloquies that emphasized their dignity and humanity, and witty and strong-willed women got to banter with the male characters. Also, he wrote sonnets praising the beauty of his male and female muses, so I'm pretty sure we can count him as a bisexual liberal (he also critizised politics and society) . Of course, there are also negative examples in his works, but overall, he was around 200 years ahead of his time.( I'm not even sure if we should apply the Bechdel test to something that old).btw I might be a bit partial to Shakespeare but oh who cares.
Message posted on 2016-01-01 03:09:02
Richard said:
neithergoodorbad - I don't recall a scene in the play where Lady M talks to a maid. No offense, and please correct me if I'm wrong here...

There is a scene where her maid talks to a doctor - as a prelude to her sleepwalking scene - but Lady M doesn't interact with either of them directly.
Message posted on 2016-03-31 20:43:33

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