The analysis of female characters in the Pula Film Festival award-winning films 1992-2011

Tešija, Jelena and Car, Viktorija and Šipić, Josip (2014) The analysis of female characters in the Pula Film Festival award-winning films 1992-2011. In: Young women in post-Yugoslav societies: research, practice and policy. Institute for Social Research, Zagreb, pp. 321-356. ISBN 978-953-6218-56-1

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Bechdel test is a simple way of checking for the presence and activity of female characters in the films. It is mainly carried out on the films from the Hollywood industry, and it was developed by Allison Bechdel in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985. In order to pass the Bechdel test, the film has to meet three conditions: 1) that it features at least two female characters with a name who 2) talk to each other about something 3) other than a man. A large number of very popular foreign films does not meet these three conditions. In this research the test was applied to Pula Film Festival's Zlatna Arena Winning Films from 1992 to 2011 (the festival was canceled in 1991), considering the festival winners relevant indicators of what was and still is considered esteemed in the Croatian film. The method of narrative analysis and qualitative content analysis have been applied in the examination of female characters in the above- mentioned films, and the results will be interpreted alongside the results of the Bechdel test. The aim of this research is to determine the relation between the Croatian film industry and female characters, their complexity and inter- relationships. Furthermore, using the feminist film theory, the paper examines „the male perspective“ in Croatian films, that is, the observance of the viewers from the perspective of the male protagonist and defining the female character as the object, that is, the one being observed. Also the paper contextualizes and locates the films and the female characters accordingly, in a specific war and postwar period, during the expansion of retraditionalisation and repatriarchialisation.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Language: English. - Second publisher: Human Rights Centre, University of Sarajevo (ISBN 978-9958-541-12-4).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bechdel test, Croatian film, female characters, retraditionalisation, repatriarchialisation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Karolina
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2017 13:31
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2017 13:31

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