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BECHDEL FAIL­URES

Emirates Woman - - Features/womenincinema -

SOME FAIL­ING BLOCK­BUSTERS MAY NOT SUR­PRISE YOU MUCH. OTH­ERS WILL. HERE ARE SOME BIG­GER BECHDEL BUN­GLES: HARRY POT­TER AND THE DEATHLY HAL­LOWS, PART II: HARRY MAY HAVE MET HIS FAIR SHARE OF FE­MALE FRIENDS AND FOES. BUT THROUGH­OUT THE PINT­SIZED SORCERER'S FI­NAL OUT­ING, MRS WEASLEY CALLS WITCH BEL­LA­TRIX A ‘B***H'. AND THAT'S ALL THE WOMAN-TO-WOMAN CHAT FOR 130 MIN­UTES. STAR WARS (THE ORIG­I­NAL TRIL­OGY): THROUGH­OUT GE­ORGE LU­CAS' UBIQ­UI­TOUS SCI-FI QUEST ONLY THREE WOMEN BAG SPEAK­ING ROLES: PRINCESS LEIA, AUNT BERU AND MON MOTHMA, NONE OF WHOM HAVE A CON­VER­SA­TION. THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRIL­OGY: DO WE BLAME JRR TOLKIEN OR PETER JACK­SON? EI­THER WAY, MID­DLE EARTH'S LEADING FE­MALES NEVER SPEAK TO EACH OTHER AND DON'T EVEN MEET, FOR OVER 10 HOURS OF FAN­TASY. NB: SPE­CIAL MEN­TION GOES TO THE SO­CIAL NET­WORK SCRIBE AARON SORKIN, WHOSE FILM DIDN'T JUST FAIL THE BECHDEL TEST, BUT ABOUT WHICH HE BOASTED THAT ITS FE­MALE CHAR­AC­TERS ACTED AS ‘ PRIZES' FOR THE MEN.

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