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]] Flame in the Streets (1961) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by ShawmK on 2019-03-15 23:10:56.



ShawmK said:
There are three major female characters, who have extensive conversations, but almost exclusively about men. Kathy and her mother (Nell) speak at length about Kathy's wish to marry her black boyfriend (Nell is against the idea). Nell does speak briefly with her neighbour, Mrs. Bingham, about the fireworks (which frighten her dog) but their conversation very quickly turns to Kathy's relationship with a black man. (The film is about racial tensions in 1961 London.)

Later Kathy has a long discussion with another woman (Judy, who is married to a black man, and is pregnant) about the day-to-day realities of being the white wife of a black man. Although they are technically talking about men, the conversation is mostly about the constant racism they are forced to endure. I would personally pass the film on the basis of this conversation.

There is also a short scene where Kathy stops a couple of women on the street to ask directions, but those women are not named, and never appear again.
Message posted on 2019-03-15 23:10:56

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