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The Largest Ever Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender

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  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    Hanah Anderson and Matt Daniels have put together the largest ever analysis of film dialog by gender: 2,000 scripts, 25,000 actors, 4 million lines.

    But it’s all rhetoric and no data, which gets us nowhere in terms of having an informed discussion. How many movies are actually about men? What changes by genre, era, or box-office revenue? What circumstances generate more diversity?

    To begin answering these questions, we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of words spoken by male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever.

    You could spend hours exploring this page; incredible.

  2. growingupblink

    San Diegan misplaced in AZ

    Three of the four Disney films where "Women have 60%+ Dialogue" are centered around women hating each other. Namely, an older woman being jealous or hateful of a younger woman. This is not a great trend. Frozen was modern because it finally told a different story - that sisters can save each other, rather than Prince Charming. But it turns out when the leads are only female, they are pitted against one another. Time for Disney to step up once again and change the status quo.