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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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Sir Mark Sykes
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Florence Lascelles
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Aunt Lascelles
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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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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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Nicole Kidman held a "wrap-party" on the last day of filming in Morroco. The entire cast and crew was invited. See more »

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Gertrude Bell and Winston Churchill 's wife Clementine were cousins on her father's side i.e. via his sister. In spite of the first scene where Churchill asks "Who is this Gertrude Bell?", in real-life he was very much aware of who she was. See more »

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Charles Doughty-Wylie: Love is a tyrant.
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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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Great disappointment
31 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Having worked in Saudi Arabia, I was really looking forward to this film. But it fell short in just about every way. Historically it was dreadful (starting in 1914 and then "going back" 12 years - by my simply maths this is 1902 - to have a toast to Queen Victoria by an embassy official is nonsense since she had died in 1901!) The acting was hackneyed and Nicole Kidman, though trying very hard, was totally unconvincing.

Numerous people have pointed out the howlers such as the wrong language being spoken, reading from left to right, and handling food with the left hand; and how on earth did she keep her skin lily-white while riding through the desert. At the very least she could have expected a somewhat red nose and face!

But the main criticism must be the script which was so predictable and puerile and laughable and lacked depth in any way whatsoever. A great shame as much of the location and images were lovely - and I could even believe some of the scenes shot in Morocco and Jordan were actually shot in Saudi.

If you like desert scenery you may well enjoy this film, just so long as you don't think for one moment this biopic reflects reality.


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