Statistics of Women in Film


Nate Silver’s new website, FiveThirtyEight, wrote an interesting article about the top grossing films that pass the Bechdel test. The article “debunks the myth” that films with female leads do poorly at the box office. The conclusion being that if these commercially successful films pass the Bechdel test (Bechdel Test is a three-point exam that quantifies the presence of women in a film by judging movies against three criteria: 1) Does the film have at least two named female characters? 2) Do two named female characters have a conversation at any point? And 3) Is that conversation about something other than a male character?) the myth must be false.

The report also found that “films with more prominent female characters received substantially lower budgets than films without those women.”


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