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Before ancient Mesopotamia was transformed into 20th-century Iraq, the extraordinary British diplomat, mountaineer, archaeologist and spy Gertrude Bell was working to carve up the Middle East into principalities that Europe could comfortably control. She and her compatriot, T.E. Lawrence, helped arm the Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Turks, cheering the cause of an independent Arab state. Lawrence, of course, became the subject of the Oscar-winning "Lawrence of Arabia." Now there's "Letters From Baghdad" in which filmdom finally pays heed to the fascinating, adventurous, intriguing character of Bell, the very antithesis of demure womanhood in Victorian England.