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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Waring ...
Aunt Lascelles
Thompson (R. Campbell Thompson)
Earl of Chester (as Early of Chester)
Arnold Runcie


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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Release Date:

14 April 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kraljica pustinje  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Naomi Watts was originally cast in the lead female role of Gertrudfe Bell, but withdrew from the part, and her friend, Nicole Kidman in the end was cast. See more »


One character says "I thought the Victoria Cross was only for fallen heroes?", to which another replies "That's right". That's in fact wrong - it is a British medal for extreme heroism in wartime, but not just those who died fighting. See more »


[first lines]
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.
Winston Churchill: And the French had no problem with that?
Charles Doughty-Wylie: The French have a problem with anything. That's their nature.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are shown over a scenes of sand blowing across the desert. See more »


References Gallipoli (1981) See more »


Violin Concerto No 3 a la Rossi
Written by Ken Stange
Performed by Sourcerer
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Kinski was right
3 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

For quite a while I kept wondering if Herzog is able to make at least one good movie without Klaus Kinski. Kinski loathed Herzog. In one of his books, he described him as completely clueless, arrogant and as a ruthless, dumb and incompetent creep. Herzog, on the other hand, called Kinski a mad egomaniac. Well, both were right, but while the madness made Kinski a genius actor, the cluelessness made Herzog an insufferably bad director.

This movie proves it. There is no storytelling whatsoever, just abysmally bad, cheesy dialogue (book: Werner Herzog) and nothing even remotely interesting. The photography is average at best. The story is about non-existing.

On top of it all you have Nicole Kidman who moves like she got something up her spine and who apparently has disimproved her formerly nice features with botox.

To summarize: wooden acting, poor dialogues, no story, no storytelling and average photography. It looks and feels like the work of an incompetent director and writer.

Avoid at all costs.

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