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Too many men on your screens? Swedish cinema may have the answer

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Too many men on your screens? Swedish cinema may have the answer

Movie-goers are long used to being told when a film contains sex, nudity, swearing or excessive violence.

But that list could soon be extended if a new rating system in Sweden catches on.

Four of the country’s cinemas have begun assessing movies on gender equality.

They rate films using the Bechdel test , named after its founder, an American cartoonist. To pass, a film – or other work of fiction – must have at least two women talking to each other about something other than a man.

Ellen Tejle, the director of Bio Rio, an art-house cinema in Stockholm’s trendy Södermalm district, told the Guardian: “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.”

But question marks have been raised over the test.

Swedish film critic Hynek Pallas said there were lots of films that didn’t pass the test but still helped to make society better or more equal.

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