Queen of the Desert

Queen of the Desert

DVD - 2017 | Widescreen ed.
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Shout! Factory, 2017.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: DVD QUEEN O
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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winston16
Oct 18, 2017

Well, at least it looks good. The desert scenes are terrific and some of the acting is very good (Masterpiece Theatre fans will recognize several actors), but the whole thing doesn't add up to a whole lot. Too much emphasis on Gertrude Bell's romantic entanglements and not enough on her role in Middle Eastern politics and her impact on historical events that lingers today.
I hear there is a very good documentary on G.B coming out later this year and hope it's available from the library. I think I will enjoy that more than this film (did I mention the desert scenes are spectacular?!).

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