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]] Paris, Texas (1984) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by clara on 2010-05-18 09:34:23.



elisso said:
At this point I disagree with the test - why would quantity be the most important factor for a movie to be feminist? or to have a strong feminist message? This is such a movie even though it has only one female character; it definitely ruins a series of already existant ideas about virility and man's force.
Message posted on 2010-06-10 22:41:14
AnonymousJD said:
I find a few points very frustrating from both feminist and story structure perspectives. First, the story too-conveniently has the mother (Kinsky) abandon the kid to her in-laws - pretty unlikely, in reality, so we need more to convince us why this would happen. Secondly, as is depressingly common for the vast majority of feature films, Kinsky's female character is the Madonna/whore: an idealized Madonna when things were happy in the past, and then devolved to mere sex worker (whore). She couldn't have any other skills? It's just an overly simplistic, typically male way of crafting a two-dimensional character. Not only is it a sloppy way to craft a character, but it adds to the limiting myths and memes re female characters in general, and by extension, how we tend to view women in society.
Message posted on 2015-05-03 20:31:27

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