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Fandor Now Categorizing Its Films Using the Bechdel Test -- And They Want Your Help

"Wendy and Lucy"
Fandor is going above and beyond the typical ideas of a streaming service. Beginning May 5, the site is incorporating a pop-up survey that appears with whatever film a viewer has chosen to watch. The three-question survey is the Bechdel test! Answers from the survey will help Fandor catalogue their content, so that all Bechdel-passing films can be found on a dedicated landing page.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 6, 2014 11:36 AM
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Putting Money on the Bechdel Test (GRAPHS)

The Bechdel test has proven an intriguing -- if far from wholly accurate -- method of figuring out a film's level of female character development. Are there two women in a given film? Do they talk to each other -- and about something other than men? In a fascinating piece on FiveThirtyEight, the Bechdel test is assessed from a financial standpoint.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2014 4:51 PM
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