Isabelle Eberhardt

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Time Out says

Eberhardt is remembered mainly for her diaries, eventually translated into English by Paul Bowles. This deals with her travails in Algeria and Morocco between 1899 and her death in 1904: her marriage to a consumptive Legionnaire, her belligerent journalism, her clashes with the forces of colonialism, whether brutish (Moie) or benign (O'Toole). Primarily it's a vehicle for May, the nude space vampire in Lifeforce, here a beguiling cross-dresser when not swathed in a burnous, and looking every inch a star. But this stilted Saharan slog does her no favours. O'Toole, who must know a thing or two about deserts by now, coasts in an undemanding role.
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Release details

UK release:

1991

Duration:

115 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Ian Pringle

Cast:

Arthur Dignam, Richard Moie, Peter O'Toole, Tchéky Karyo, Mathilda May, Françoise Brion

Music:

Paul Schütze

Production Designer:

Geoffroy Larcher, Bryce Perrin

Editor:

Ken Sallows

Cinematography:

Manuel Téran

Screenwriter:

Stephen Sewell

Producer:

Daniel Scharf, Jean Petit

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