Queen of the Desert

Queen of the Desert

DVD - 2017
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A true story of a trailblazing woman who found freedom in the faraway world of the Middle East. Gertrude Bell chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it behind for a chance to travel to Tehran. So begins her lifelong adventure across the Arab world, a journey marked by danger, a passionate affair with a British officer, and an encounter with the legendary T.E. Lawrence.


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Dec 02, 2020

A gorgeous and thoughtful glimpse
into an extraordinary woman
and a pivotal time in history.
Beautiful cinematography and music,
powerful, near perfect acting.
I feel grateful to the cast and makers.

Oct 10, 2020

Read a book of the life of Gertrude Bell about 15 years ago. She finagled the 75 year oil deal between U.S.A, Britain, France and the Iraqi group, that ended in 2000, just before you know what happened for these Allies, and now skinny Nicole Kidman is playing her. I guess playing might be the best description but I will watch, Werner Herzog directing?, to see if they capture the indomitable character Gertrude was. Respected by the misogynistic Tigris Desert Folk, an adventurous Victorian photographer, had the morals of Georges Sand, spoke 9 languages, and, I think, her house in Baghdad is a museum/shrine to this day. Not forgotten but a seminal figure. She drew up the boundaries between the feuding Arab/Bedouin nomadic tribes for the Western Colonistic viewpoint that basically remain to this day. She did, I believe, get shunted aside during deliberations, well, one could not have a woman in charge/front then when.....Things change, Teresa Angela Hilary Kamala Pelosi, or do they.

Jul 01, 2020

I had never heard of her before. Shame on educators. So after watching Lawrence of Arabia and doing some wiki/google her name popped up. Oh she was into the Middle East before Lawrence or during that time. Very decent movie. Gertrude Bell should be shouted out as a name of history.

Mar 14, 2020

It was a ok movie with Nicole Kidman in it.

Sep 27, 2019

Too obviously a Nicole Kidman vehicle. I have read Gertrude Bell and Kidman is nothing like her.

Aug 02, 2019

This is the second time I am trying to comment. The last time my account closed off, not sure why. So, Gertrude Bell would have made an even greater story had they kept it historical, less so her love affairs. She was an interesting character during her time because women seldom went out into the world and did anything. Winston Churchill obviously valued her insight of the Arab-Muslim world as seen through the eyes of a British upper class female. She could do things that men would have had great difficulty doing. She was obviously no threat to Arab-Muslim patriarchy, therefore she would have been received as a British dignitary. Most of the problem with what she saw was that it was emotionally driven by her making her views from an emtional point of view. She saw what she wanted to see, but as a woman she failed to see the Islamic World driven by greed and avarice by the Arab-Muslim Elites. She actually helped the new Arab dynasties determine their boundaries later on. I had wondered if she had anything to do with determining Israel's existence, but realized she died in 1926. Still we cannot diminish her contributions to seeing the Islamic World. We just didn't see it for the truth of it, but only the romanized version in the movie.

Jun 18, 2019

I have read about Gertrude Bell, but this movie was rather sappy. Perhaps with a younger actress than Nicole Kidman.

Apr 23, 2019

I selected the movie for the actors, so I did not realize until the end this was based on truth. The movie itself was beautiful. No, it was not full of exciting action, but it kept my interest throughout. Now I want to read the biography of Gertrude Bell. How is it that I did not know about this amazing woman?

Feb 20, 2019

it was ok...not really good,.

Dec 07, 2018

The viewer soon grows tired of the absurdities and outright errors that run from the beginning to the very end of this uninvolving movie by the highly regarded Werner Herzog. Gertrude Bell is a legendary figure out of history who sadly deserved a more fitting film.

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