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]] 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) [imdb]

This movie passed 0 of 3 tests. It was entered by RedUnderTheBed on 2010-06-08 09:14:13.



heythere! disagreed with the rating and said:
there are at least three named women who are doctors and speak to each other in russian. That's what I remenber
Message posted on 2010-08-26 23:14:20
Randy disagreed with the rating and said:
This rating is completely incorrect. There are three women in the scene described above, and they do not speak about a man. Other women in the film include Dr Floyd's daughter (in the phone scene), and the women on the space station, the moon bus, the Pan Am spacecraft, and on the moon base.
Message posted on 2010-09-12 04:01:20
neil said:
@Randy: If I look at the IMDb cast listing I only see one named female character (Elena).
Message posted on 2010-09-12 09:35:28
Harris disagreed with the rating and said:
@neil: Maybe you ought to try watching the film instead of just reading about it. Like Randy said, in the second part of the film, 3 female Russian scientists have a discussion before being joined by the protagonist of that particular segment.
Message posted on 2010-11-28 16:08:23
neil said:
@Harris: My point is not that I don't believe there are three women, but that I want to know if they are named. None of the comments other than mine have named any of the female characters.
Message posted on 2010-11-28 17:15:29
Martin disagreed with the rating and said:
Hi. I believe the two other women are called Dr. Kalinan and Stretyneva (I just re-watched the movie and read the script), and yes they talk to each other before the protagonist shows up.

Best regards,
Message posted on 2012-03-11 18:19:22
clara disagreed with the rating and said:
The film passes the first test: The are at least two named woman but they don't talk to each other.
The scientists on the station talk to each other, but since that is in Russian and not translated it's clearly not part of the plot.
Message posted on 2012-07-08 11:50:58
Michael disagreed with the rating and said:
The three women are named and they do talk to each other about something else besides a man (imdb says they talk about going to the observation deck). But it's really just a very brief introduction to the scene. Considering that the two women are female scientists I would tend to give the movie the benefit of the doubt and say it passes all three tests.
Message posted on 2013-02-20 12:05:11
Rich-o disagreed with the rating and said:
@Clara: Plot??
Message posted on 2013-08-15 03:02:57
Kapitan disagreed with the rating and said:
This movie should get 1 point, because there are 3 named women in it. Heywood's friend Elena, who introduces him to her associates Dr Kalinan and Dr Stretyneva:

The two other women, though, only make some smalltalk in (unsubtitled, untranslated) Russian before Heywood arrives, and so one could reasonably argue that this doesn't really count for the Bechdel Test.
Message posted on 2014-04-07 17:24:59
Nonsense disagreed with the rating and said:
Watching the movie right now. The Russain scientists, who are introduced by their names, exchange briefly in Russain before Floyd arrives so it does pass just barely.
Message posted on 2014-11-16 22:04:27
Phiz said:
The two women are wearing Aeroflot uniforms and are clearly only there to promote the Aeroflot brand. This is why they have no relevance to the plot.
Message posted on 2016-01-19 00:50:32
Eugene Mcevoy said:
Watch the woman on the fire left her hands look at it carefully and if she moves her hands about it's almost as though she's giving hand signals an interest me enough they're familiar hand signals watch that three woman segment again only carefully this time
Message posted on 2017-08-26 06:00:15
Eugene Mcevoy said:
The scene with three women introduce dr. Freud they sit down and look in the Hilton room and of course that Stanley Kubrick in the Hilton room then look at the woman's hands to the far left she is making Masonic signs with her hands folded it's pretty obvious
Message posted on 2017-08-26 06:02:24
Aaron said:
Does this movie actually pass?

There aren’t many women and they don’t speak English in the one scene in question. Since I don’t know what they’re saying, I’m not sure if I can count it for or against them. Opinions?

My gut tells me, “no,” but my heart tells me, “maybe...?”

Personally, I don’t believe this passes. I want it to, I love this movie, but it just doesn’t. I’d give it one point.

There are clearly two female scientists talking to each other, but; I feel like just tossing out a one liner of their names is a bit of a cop out.

1) Named Female Characters - Failed
2) Talking To Each Other - Passed
3) Not About A Man - ??? (Failed)
Message posted on 2018-03-10 12:38:33
Karto disagreed with the rating and said:
To all who are saying the conversation between the Russian scientists don't count because they're speaking Russian: the rules don't mention language at all! It doesn't have to be in English to pass.
Message posted on 2018-05-09 16:58:01
Jim Scarborough disagreed with the rating and said:
As best I can tell, it barely passes from this scene. According to this answer the women are talking about going to the observatory once he arrives, then later observing the difficult predicament. So the subject of the conversation is not a man.

If you are looking for these exchanges yourself, it’s near 29:30 on my DVD.
Message posted on 2023-08-02 12:31:33

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