The film’s first “Uh oh” moment comes with the opening credits. (Photos courtesy of the Berlinale)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
The story of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) is among the compelling biographies of the late British Empire.The film's first "Uh oh" moment comes with the opening credits.The first of several men to propose marriage, Cadogan is also the first of a succession of (British and Arab) men with whom Bell rubbed shoulders (and so forth) over the course of her career as freelance adventurer and British agent.Facets of this movie will bewilder film lovers from the Middle East who have admired the impish wit that bleeds through Herzog's fiction and documentary features.Speaking of "Queen of the Desert" as cinema, Herzog's story is the movie's most disappointing facet. True as it is to the more picturesque episodes of Bell's life, the film dissolves into an episodic ramble of one damn desert – and one damn man – after another. Exceptional as she was as an individual, Gertrude Bell wasn't quite the isolated figure the film would suggest. Bell's life and role in history is of particular interest nowadays, of course, because she was an agent in imposing the post-World War I settlement in the Arab lands. You'd hope for a different treatment of Gertrude Bell and her generation about now.
Global and local at FIAC art fair
Battling dirty politics, in Brazil
‘Worldbuilding’ drives Home Works
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE