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Isabelle Eberhardt (1991)

Story of a young woman journalist who becomes enmeshed in the politics of the annexation of Morrocco from Algeria at the turn of the twentieth century. The focus is on her hardships because... See full summary »

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Story of a young woman journalist who becomes enmeshed in the politics of the annexation of Morrocco from Algeria at the turn of the twentieth century. The focus is on her hardships because she is a woman in an Arab culture, although her determination carries her to a point of being somewhat of a phenomena in her work. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Producer Don Boyd had tried to set this up in 1976 with Marcello Mastroianni in the Peter O ' Toole role. See more »

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Isabelle Eberhardt: I've searched for me, and in doing so I've wasted my body to make my soul lighter.
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Slow but interesting true story of a woman, a convert to Islam, whose several books about colonial Algeria became legendary.
8 April 2001 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

Watching this slow French-Australian production is interesting if only to learn about the true story of a woman whose several books about colonial Algerian became legendary. Even the story of how the books came to be published is interesting.

Per a website entry by © Robert Bononno 1988, Isabelle Eberhardt was the child of an aristocratic German mother and a Russian father, a former priest in the Russian Orthodox church, a friend of Bakunin, a "philosopher, scholar and polyglot." (Eberhardt is claimed to have been Rimbaud's daughter). She converted to Sufi Islam and was fluent in many languages.

The movie is a little pedantic about justice and colonial oppression, and the character development is a not clear. However, this fictionalized snapshot of a period not widely known by American audiences is worthwhile.

A small role by Peter O'Toole is welcome.


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