Gertrude Lowthian Bell, sometimes called the "female" Lawrence of Arabia was a British adventurer, archaeologist and political powerhouse, who helped shape the modern Middle East after World War I. Voiced and executive produced by Tilda Swinton, the film chronicles Bell's journey into the uncharted Arabian desert and all-male halls of colonial power with never-seen-before archival footage of the region shot a century ago. The film takes us into a past that is eerily current.
This factual mistake happens in the German version. In the movie a title card reads: "Capture of Baghdad from the Turks: General Maude's Victory, March 11, 1917". This of course means that British forces under General Maude have captured Baghdad. However, the German version subtitles this as "Einnahme Bagdads durch die Türken: General Maudes Sieg, 11. März 1917". This translates as "Turkish forces capture Baghdad: General Maude's Victory, March 11, 1917". An obvious mistake. See more »
And a great documentary about her. The period photos and movies are astonishing and well presented. Nicole Kidman played her. But this is authentic. Tilda Swinton's narration as Gertrude Bell Is perfect.
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