PG-13 | | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
Star Nicole Kidman appears in every scene of the film, save for the opening scene.
Sir Mark Sykes:
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. ...
The film opens in 1914 and places Gertrude's travel to Tehran 12 years earlier, which would be 1902. Yet in real life this happened in 1892, or 22 years prior to the film's opening. Taking the earlier date as the setting makes sense of a comment made during the embassy party when her uncle introduces Gertrude. A guest toasts to Queen Victoria and suggests she should visit, yet Victoria died in 1901.
The credits are shown over footage of sand blowing across the desert.
A new cut with a running time of 110 minutes was presented at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov.8 2015. The original version, which premiered in Feb. 2015 at the Berlinale and was released in some countries, has a running time of 128 minutes.
English, Arabic, Turkish, French