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Queen of the Desert (2015)

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A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

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Fattuh
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Hugh Bell
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Sir Mark Sykes
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Florence Lascelles
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Aunt Lascelles
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Thompson (R. Campbell Thompson)
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Earl of Chester (as Early of Chester)
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A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

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Based on the true story of one woman who defied an empire. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for brief nudity and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 April 2017 (USA)  »

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Kraljica pustinje  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Real lion cubs were used on set. See more »

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The film starts in 1914, then moves to "12 years earlier" so 1902. In one scene a toast is raised to Queen Victoria, suggesting that she should visit. Queen Victoria died in 1901. See more »

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Gertrude Bell: Desert Solitude gives me consolation in their solitude. Fattuh I asked why I call two glasses of tea. Let's say that one is for man who lives in my heart?
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The credits are shown over a scenes of sand blowing across the desert. See more »

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References Gallipoli (1981) See more »

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Les Nubiemes Valse
from the ballet "Faust"
Written by Charles Gounod
Performed by Vaughan Jones and The Manor House String Ensemble
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The More the World Changes, the More the Middle East Remains the Same
30 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

7.75 of 10. Insightful film into why the Middle East is structured as it is. Based on the true story of Gertrude Bell, it brings history to life, even though it could have used a replacement for Nicole Kidman playing Gertrude as a young woman. Nevertheless, Nicole and makeup and post-production smoothing actually makes her look much younger than you'd expect and it doesn't detract from the film as a whole.

Set while the UK was still the empire of the world before and during World War 1, it's not a war film. It gives a look beyond the religions into the cultures and ways of the region. It also shows a rarity at the time in a woman explorer and writer having a great deal of impact on the politics of the region.

Surprisingly relevant to today's ongoing conflicts in the Middle East in addition to the underlying animosity and lack of respect for Germany in Europe that may have provided part of the source for World War 2 and Germany's animosity for the people of the region.

The other surprising element is the exploration of how people entertained themselves and communicated in the early 1900s. It's a world without phones, radio, TV, computers, and the Internet.


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