Following Government advice issued on
16 March 2020 the Society has suspended
its screenings until further notice
Our Best Historic Screenings
With our usual seasons cancelled the Committee
is making weekly recommendations of films to
watch that were screened during the last
20 years which were extremely well received
by members and guests.
This week's recommendation
USA, UK, France
2016, 95 mins.
English, Arabic languages
Directed by Sabine Krayenbühl and
Letters from Bagdad was the 775th film screened by RFS on 28th November2017.
The film was the fifth equal ranked film of Season 55 (equal fifth with Outside The Law), it got an approval mark of 89% from those attending; from Season 55 we have also already featured the higher ranked films, in order: A Man Called Ove, Julieta, Tangerines and The Other Side of Hope.
As a young woman, Gertrude Lowthian Bell, sometimes called the "female" Lawrence of Arabia, travelled extensively throughout the Middle East from Palestine to Syria to Iraq (then Mesopotamia), producing maps and scholarly works and becoming fluent in Arabic and Persian. Her archaeological and writing talents were eventually recognised by British Military Intelligence. She became a diplomat and spy wielding significant political power in British Imperial policy across the Middle East.
Full film notes available in the Twickenham
& Richmond Tribune here.
Letters from Baghdad is available to be streamed on BFI Player and disks are available from Amazon, eBay, CeX and other retailers.
SEASON 57 PROGRAMME
10 SEPTEMBER 2019
TO 16 JUNE 2020