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Women in Film

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel created an influential means of measuring the significance of the role women play in film. Matthew Sweet plays music from films that pass the Bechdel Test.

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel created an influential means of measuring the significance of the role woman play in film: Does the film contain a conversation between two women about something other than a man?

Reflecting International Women's Day on Sunday, Matthew Sweet features music for films that pass the Bechdel Test.

Featured scores includes "Thelma and Louise", "Gone With The Wind", "Silence Of The Lambs", "The Portrait Of A Lady", "The Princess Mononoke", "Orlando", "Annie Get Your Gun". The Classic Score of the Week is Alfred Newman's "All About Eve".

Matthew also profiles scores by some of the foremost women film composers, including Lesley Barber, Lisa Gerrard, Doreen Carwithen, Rachel Portman, Anne Dudley, Jocelyn Pook, Laura Rossi and Debbie Wiseman.

@bbcradio3 #womensday.

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Sat 7 Mar 2015 16:00

Music Played

  • Hans Zimmer

    THELMA AND LOUISE (1991): Titles (Thunderbird)

    Performer: Hans Zimmer.
    • MCA : MCD10239.
    • MCA.
    • 14.
  • Max Steiner

    GONE WITH THE WIND (1939): Apotheosis

    Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Gerhardt.
  • Howard Shore

    SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991): Finale

    Conductor: Howard Shore. Orchestra: Münchner Symphoniker.
    • MCA : MCD10194.
    • MCA.
  • Wojciech Kilar

    The Portrait of a Lady (1996): End Credits

    Conductor: Nic Raine. Orchestra: MGM Studio Orchestra.
    • DECCA : 4550112.
    • DECCA.
    • 14.
  • Harry Gregson‐Williams

    SHREK 2 (2004): Prince Charming

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.
  • Joe Hisaishi

    THE PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997): Legend of Ashitaka

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.
    • TOKUMA JAPAN : TKCA71168.
    • TOKUMA JAPAN.
    • 33.
  • Sally Potter

    ORLANDO (1993): Maze

    Composer: David Motion. Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • VARESE SARABANDE : VSD5413.
    • VARESE SARABANDE.
    • 12.
  • Irving Berlin

    ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950): Anything You Can Do

    Performer: Howard Keel. Performer: Betty Hutton. Orchestra: MGM Studio Orchestra.
    • WARNER : 8122766692.
    • WARNER.
    • 17.
  • Alfred Newman

    ALL ABOUT EVE (1950): Main Title and Prologue

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.
  • Lesley Barber

    THE MOTH DIARIES (2011): Titles

    Performer: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.
  • Lisa Gerrard

    ORANGES AND SUNSHINE (2010): Let the Rest Go

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.
  • Doreen Carwithen

    THREE CASES OF MURDER (1955): Opening Titles

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
  • Rachel Portman

    THE DUTCHESS (2008): End Titles

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.
  • Anne Dudley

    TRISTAN AND ISOLDE (2005): None Can Die

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.
  • Jocelyn Pook

    HEIDI (2005): Heidi

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.
  • Laura Rossi

    SONG FOR MARION (2012): End Credits

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : 88765468352.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • 14.
  • Debbie Wiseman

    WILDE (1997): Who Has Dared To Wound You

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Debbie Wiseman.
    • MCI MUSIC : MPRCD001.
    • MCI MUSIC.
    • 18.
  • Thomas Newman

    ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000): Useless

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : SK89239.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Ilan Eshkeri

    STILL ALICE (2014): Speech

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.

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