Women in film

It is interesting to reflect on the perception of how women are represented in modern cinema, especially with films that have story lines like Frances Ha or the popular Bridesmaids. It seems that in 2014 women are represented equally in film however, unfortunately, you would be severely mistaken as it seems that even in the last few years women haven’t played as an important role.


Probably the most popular way to measure if a film has a fair representation of the fairer sex is to apply the Bechdel Rule to it.
The Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. The test was popularized by Alison Bechdel’s comic Dykes to Watch Out For, in a 1985 strip called The Rule.


It is rare to that a modern, popular film passes this test and although there are exceptions to the rule the majority of modern cinema is inherently sexist. It is interesting to look at the scale of the problem but there are some films that you would probably be surprised passed including Goodfellas and Godfather II.

It seems that some directors are more aware of giving their female characters more realistic dialogue and below is a list that is topped by the ever wonderful Pedro Almodavar.


If you want more information there is a website that categorises a wide range of films and whether or not they pass the test http://www.bechdeltest.com so go over and see if your top ten films pass!

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