The Bechdel test for movies

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The Bechdel test for movies

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It's been around a while.
... a measure of the representation of women in fiction. It asks whether a work features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test

I thought of it recently while streaming Ice Station Zebra (1968), an old favorite of mine.

A Cold War thriller. All star cast. Face to face confrontation with the Soviets on the polar ice cap. :coolspecs:

Rock Hudson as the captain of a nuclear submarine. Patrick McGoohan as the British spy (natch). James Brown. Ernest Borgnine.

No women at all. None. :)
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Stupid. It simply is a test for a film being a chick flic.

I can tell easily. Is there any point in the movie where while the "plot" is advanced, a character's movements are accompanied by the playing of a pop tune? If dancing is involded then +1. If a dopey grin is involved +1. If the best friend is a dumpy chick with glasses +1
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No. In a chick flick the women talk about men and fail the Bechdel test.
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Here's a pic of Miz Bechdel.

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Betcha she doesn't dig chick flicks.
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Big clue.

I bet she gets mistaken for a man a lot.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:35 pm
Here's a pic of Miz Bechdel.

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Betcha she doesn't dig chick flicks.
Betcha she does.
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ed wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:06 pm
Betcha she does.
Maybe she takes dates to chick flicks, but that doesn't mean she's watching the movie. 8)
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Not to the degree that you'd ever mistake one for the other, but it occurs to me she looks a lot like Woody Allen at that age.
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It’s an interesting idea
oh really?