Queen of the Desert (2015)

Director
Werner Herzog

Main cast
Nicole Kidman; James Franco; Robert Pattinson; Damian Lewis; Jenny Agutter

Genres
Drama, History

Description
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.


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