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Letters from Baghdad (2016)

TV-PG | | Documentary | 12 November 2016 (USA)
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Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day, shaped the destiny of Iraq after WWI in ways that still reverberate today.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Gertrude Bell (voice)
Michael Higgs ... General Sir Gilbert Clayton
Eric Loscheider ... T.E. Lawrence
Rachael Stirling ... Vita Sackville-West
Adam Astill ... Sgt. Frank Stafford
Helen Ryan ... Lady Florence Bell
Joanna David ... Janet Courtney
Elizabeth Rider ... Lady Elsa Richmond
Jürgen Kalwa Jürgen Kalwa ... Dr. Friedrich Rosen
Tom Chadbon ... Sir Valentine 'Domnul' Chirol
Simon Chandler ... David Hogarth
Lucy Robinson Lucy Robinson ... Lady Molly Trevelyan
Andrew Havill ... Sir Percy Cox
Anthony Edridge Anthony Edridge ... Sir Arnold 'A.T.' Wilson
Nicholas Woodeson ... General Sir George MacMunn
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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.

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Gertrude Bell was as controversial as the history she made.

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Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

12 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gertrude Bell, rebell och diplomat See more »

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UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,725, 4 June 2017

Gross USA:

$359,735

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$502,941
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Dolby (Dolby 5.1)

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Black and White (archival footage)| Black and White (Super 16mm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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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 »

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2 August 2017 | by Muhsin80See all my reviews

Well I see Gertrude Bell one of the main persons who's responsible for all the violence in the Middle East. So I don't like G.B. presented as if she was worried about the people in these regions.... I agree with Subxerogravity that wrote;

So they took letters that Bell wrote and inserts from her journals and had Swinton narrate over footage from the Ottoman Empire or reenactments. Either would most likely be correct thanks to the advancements of cinematic technology of today. Adding to this are dramatization interviews with actors playing people that Bell knew in her time and could tell us about her.

Think I like this better than Queen of the Desert which stared Nicole Kidman. Both movies are important to tell the story of this important woman but of course, Letters to Baghdad portrayed a real Gertrude Bell. Queen of the Desert portrayed her as being on this Pei stool (Does not help that she's being played by a hot movie star), but I like how Letters to Baghdad more so pointed out the flaws, flaws that I think help let us know the type of woman it takes to do what Bell did.


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