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||IMDB Rating: 5.6/10 from PG-13 votes
||Release: 01 Mar 2016 /
||Genre: Biography, Drama, History
||Director: Werner Herzog,
||Stars: Damian Lewis, James Franco, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson
||Synopsis: 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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Queen of the Desert breaks form with several other Herzog movies: A
female lead character, a grand Hollywood-like production and most
interesting: a different perspective on the culture-nature dichotomy
and the effects of cultural distance that almost forms the core of
It tells the story of Gertrude Bell (Kidman), an English writer and
traveler who became more and more influential in the Middle East region
through her unprecedented travels where she formed bonds with several
future postcolonial leaders. Later in life she became involved in
politics and helped to found several nation states (and determine its
borders), along which Jordan and Iraq through the Hashemite dynasties.
She worked in close cooperation with T.E. Lawrence (Pattison).
It is always interesting to see what's left out of the story: her
efforts to establish the new countries were far more extreme and
tiresome (plus the real reason Iraq was founded: cost-cutting by the
British Empire), her witnessing of the Armenian genocide and slave
trade, her actual spying role, her relative poverty, illness and
depression later in life. What is paid attention to elaborately are her
love interests (well played by Franco and Lewis), both ending in
tragedy. But too much are we watching a watered-down, Hollywood
interpretation of Bell by Kidman and not the real strong and
intelligent woman she obviously had to be handling the complexities of
deal making in the region.
Yet some typical trademarks of Herzog still shine through: travel to
unknown, unmapped places where people find their cultural beliefs and
visions on reality tested. In Herzog's world, venturing into nature
from the cultural boundaries of existence always leads to suffering and
destruction, mankind being unable to conquer the forces of nature. What
makes this movie then atypical in the work of Herzog is that Bell finds
solace and fulfillment through that process. Also atypical is the time
we spent inside: these scenes inside the bastions of power are
unfortunately not the best in the movie, and in the landscape scenes,
Herzog seems much more on his turf.
Herzog always saw himself as resisting the banality of the images film
is projecting, but here he somewhat contributes to that process.
Despite that Queen of the Desert is still very watchable, informative
and yes, even entertaining.
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