Queen of the Desert Poster

Release Date: April 14th, 2017

PG-13|2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary
Gertrude Bell's life as an explorer, cartographer, and archaeologist for the British Empire.

Cast: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis, Jenny Agutter, Holly Earl, David Calder, Mark Lewis Jones

Director: Werner Herzog

Genres: Historical drama, Biography

Production Co: Raslan Company of America, Benaroya Pictures

Distributors: IFC Films

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  • The great and usually fantastically innovative Werner Herzog has turned Bell’s story into a conventional, cliché-riddled, overly talky and plodding biopic where very little happens for long stretches of time, and we have to endure deadly-dull voice-over narration while looking at admittedly gorgeous scenery and, well, camels. show more

  • Despite the director's frequently stated mission to liberate the poetry in his material by excavating what he has described as "ecstatic truth," this is a literal, rather flat epic that keeps telling us in voiceovers of its spiritual dimension, without actually generating much evidence of it. show more

  • While enjoyable in parts, its episodic pacing lets down the real-life story of a bold and remarkable woman. show more

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