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

[[0]] 1917 (2019) [imdb]

This movie passed 0 of 3 tests. It was entered by Robbie Pierce on 2020-01-13 19:28:36.



Robbie Pierce said:
There is only one female character in this movie.
Message posted on 2020-01-13 19:28:36
LORRAINE ADOLPH--NICOLAS disagreed with the rating and said:
Well of course, but it's no accurate. First of all it's a war movie that happens on the fiels (so no women). Second of all, it's a story that follows 2 main characters so it doesn't leave room for much more. There is a woman in the movie that still has a story and we recall of her afterward. Sometimes, because of the story, the movie can't pass
Message posted on 2020-02-25 15:44:41
Rumpelstilzchen disagreed with the rating and said:
There are 2 female characters in this movie: a girl named Lauri and a little girl whose name no one knows. Therefore, I believe that the movie passed 1st test.
Message posted on 2020-04-08 21:33:31
Erin G said:
It's a war movie which follows two male characters, so of course it won't pass. However, it's not like women didn't exist in 1917 either. There is a single female character, and women did help with the war effort (which was not shown). This test is a very low bar that could have been passed (and was not). I doubt you could have a movie whose plot required that no named men talk to each other about something other than a woman.
Message posted on 2020-05-08 23:35:00
Michel Lorrain said:
I completely agree with the rating. It's a clear cut rating. It does not differentiate, if there is a bigger why. Take the Robert Redford movie, where he is the only actor ever on screen. It does not pass the test. It does not say that two women have to be forced into that movie. It just points, that there aren't at least two of them.

If you disagree with the rating, than it should be about passing the test, not the wider reason this test could not be passed for that genre (or why and how).

I want to point out, that this movie does not pass the test. And if you say that is because it is a movie about war, than you are not disagreeing with the rating, but with something else.

There is only one named female character. It does not pass any tests.
Message posted on 2020-05-26 20:26:57
Douglas R Fink disagreed with the rating and said:
This may be seen as a caveat, but there are 2 female characters and they do communicate with each other. While poignant and giving some real heart to the film, it fails the "2 named characters" test, the "2 women" part, the "major characters" part, and arguably, the "talk" part. And they are dependent on the soldier in that he provides milk and reads to the infant. This should still probably count as 0 out of 3.
Message posted on 2020-05-30 17:57:04
Dante disagreed with the rating and said:
I can't believe that you're shitting on people who helped you win the war. Fucking no shit that it doesn't include women. During that time women was the ones at home while men was out in the war. I can't believe that this many people hate veterans. If it wasn't for them, you wouldn't see the end of WW1. Your actually braindamaged.
Message posted on 2020-12-14 13:59:13
ShawmK said:
Dante, that's a lovely thought, and beautifully expressed, but I'm afraid you miss the point at issue here.
The Bechdel Test does not measure the quality of an individual film, and it certainly doesn't take any position about veterans (the victors or the defeated).
This test isn't even a measure of how "Feminist" a film is, although it is sometimes assumed to be. There are quite a few feminist films that fail the test, and many extremely sexist films that pass. Technically, an awful lot of lesbian porn would pass the Bechdel Test (depending on how much - you know - talking goes on).
As to your observation that women stayed home during the war, well, I will leave that discussion for another time. Your misconception about that point is understandable, however, because there have been far fewer films made about women in wartime. If your knowledge of the first world war is mostly from cinema, then you've probably seen an awful lot more about men.
And THAT is the point of the Bechdel Test.
Message posted on 2020-12-29 09:32:39

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