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Isabelle Eberhardt (1991)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 28 October 1992 (France)
Story of a young woman journalist who becomes enmeshed in the politics of the annexation of Morrocco from Algeria at the turn of the twentieth century. The focus is on her hardships because... See full summary »

Director:

Ian Pringle

Writer:

Stephen Sewell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathilda May ... Isabelle Eberhardt
Tchéky Karyo ... Slimene
Peter O'Toole ... Maj. Lyautey
Richard Moir ... Lt. Comte
Arthur Dignam Arthur Dignam ... Cauvet
Mohamed Ben Smaïl Mohamed Ben Smaïl ... Hussein
Foued Nassah Foued Nassah ... Lachmi
Wolf Harnisch Wolf Harnisch ... Trophimowsky
René Schoenenberger René Schoenenberger ... Fridel (as René Schönenberger)
David Pledger David Pledger ... Augustin
Clément Harari Clément Harari ... Joue
Françoise Brion ... Mme De Mores
Lyèce Boukhitine Lyèce Boukhitine ... Sayed
Mouss Zouheyri Mouss Zouheyri ... Nefez (as Mouss)
Olivier Pajot Olivier Pajot ... De Susbielle
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Story of a young woman journalist who becomes enmeshed in the politics of the annexation of Morrocco from Algeria at the turn of the twentieth century. The focus is on her hardships because she is a woman in an Arab culture, although her determination carries her to a point of being somewhat of a phenomena in her work. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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The fascinating true story of the turn-of-the-century explorer, writer and adventurer. See more »


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Country:

Australia | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1992 (France) See more »

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Isabelle See more »

Filming Locations:

Tunisia See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was partially inspired by Paul Bowles' introduction to a collection of Isabelle Eberhardt's stories entitled "The Oblivion Seekers" (1975). Since the time that this film's director Ian Pringle first read this he had hoped to make a film about her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Isabelle Eberhardt: I've searched for me, and in doing so I've wasted my body to make my soul lighter.
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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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Slow but interesting true story of a woman, a convert to Islam, whose several books about colonial Algeria became legendary.
8 April 2001 | by WilburrabbitSee all my reviews

Watching this slow French-Australian production is interesting if only to learn about the true story of a woman whose several books about colonial Algerian became legendary. Even the story of how the books came to be published is interesting.

Per a website entry by © Robert Bononno 1988, Isabelle Eberhardt was the child of an aristocratic German mother and a Russian father, a former priest in the Russian Orthodox church, a friend of Bakunin, a "philosopher, scholar and polyglot." (Eberhardt is claimed to have been Rimbaud's daughter). She converted to Sufi Islam and was fluent in many languages.

The movie is a little pedantic about justice and colonial oppression, and the character development is a not clear. However, this fictionalized snapshot of a period not widely known by American audiences is worthwhile.

A small role by Peter O'Toole is welcome.


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