Queen of the Desert
Character: Gertrude Bell
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Written by: Werner Herzog
Produced by: Nick Raslan, Michael Benaroya, Cassian Elwes
Other cast: James Franco, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson
Release date: April 14, 2017
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Running time: 2h 8min

Gertrude Bell's life as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.


• One woman can change the course of history
• Based on the true story of one woman who defied an empire.


• Nicole Kidman said she “begged” director Werner Herzog to include a scene of her character bathing in the desert, which he happily obliged to. The scene was written on set and finally made it into the film.
• Lead actress Nicole Kidman learned to ride camels for her role.
• On set, Nicole Kidman had her own male dromedary, named Barbie.

Character’s Quotes

• England needs to get out of its colonies sooner rather than later.
• Something that you and your world you can not ever understand. It’s their freedom. It’s their dignity. It’s their poetry of life.
• [writing in her diary] Already I have dropped back into the desert as if it were my own place. Silence and solitude all around me like an impenetrable veil. Sleep more profound that civilization contrives. And then, the roadless desert, again.
• Nightingale with drops in heart bleed. A fed red rose. Then came the wind. And catching her, jealous branches. I have coiled heart with a hundred thorns
• Paradise has no time, age or sanctuary. Awaits us.
• Eternal love that keeps arms satisfied. Earth, air, deep. Light nights and harvest my heart. You are mine at last in everlasting remembrance. Oh, how easy it was to leave! He left height of the pilgrimage. Oh, I can not begin the journey, for God help me lift the weights. And Mila be my traveling companion. Girl’s my impression of dust, nights I’m wet. The dust and tears, turquoise vault. I must bricks for the house joys. Yet I never harbored, and the time was gone. What am I playing? Checkered floor on the night and day. Death won the game.

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