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 »
Sir Mark Sykes:
[stadning at a map]
Assuming become Ottoman Empire finally becomes defunct, Russia would get the Dardanelles, the portion closest to them, and the Italians the islands off the mainland.
And the French had no problem with that?
The French have a problem with anything. That's their nature.
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The credits are shown over footage of sand blowing across the desert. See more »
A new cut with a running time of 110 minutes was presented at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov.8 2015. The original version, which premiered in Feb. 2015 at the Berlinale and was released in some countries, has a running time of 128 minutes. See more »
Working with major Hollywood stars on a frequent basis since 2005 with directing Christian Bale through "Rescue Dawn" (2006), confronting Nicolas Cage with inner demons in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" (2009) and given the antagonist "The Zec" for Tom Cruise's interpreted character of "Jack Reacher" (2012), Director Werner Herzog collaborates with actress Nicole Kidman to make her a living goddess by using the chronicles of real-life character Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) to find poetic beginnings and a roundup ending for a passionate picture of a woman connecting to her inner state within nature. The director loses all the ongoing hooks and suspense twists in between, especially due to a miscast actor James Franco as Gertrude Bell's love-interest Henry Cadogan, leaving Nicole Kidman struggling through an early 2014 shooting period, which she, due to her professionalism and decades of filmmaking experience, resolved for herself by wrap time, leaving the much-more documentary solid director Werner Herzog with another unbalanced motion picture narration of missed opportunities.