Swedish Cinemas add Bechdel Test-Ratings

Vier Kinos in Schweden haben ein Film-Rating adaptiert, das auf dem Bechdel Test basiert und der mit einem einfachen Frage-Mechanismus herausfinden kann, ob ein Film starke Frauenrollen vorweisen kann. Der Test basiert auf dem Comic Dykes To Watch Out von Alison Bechdel und sagt nichts über die cineastische Qualität eines Films aus, wohl aber über die politisch-feministische Befangenheit – wobei er auch da nicht ohne Makel ist. Egal, find' ich trotzdem gut.

To get an A rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

"The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, all Star Wars movies, The Social Network, Pulp Fiction and all but one of the Harry Potter movies fail this test," said Ellen Tejle, the director of Bio Rio, an art-house cinema in Stockholm's trendy Södermalm district.

Bio Rio is one of four Swedish cinemas that launched the new rating last month to draw attention to how few movies pass the Bechdel test. Most filmgoers have reacted positively to the initiative. "For some people it has been an eye-opener," said Tejle.

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