Movie Review: Herzog fails on an epic scale

29 April 2016 - 02:15 By Tymon Smith

You would think that the story of the single-minded Gertrude Bell - explorer, spy, traveller, adviser to the British Empire on the dividing up of the Ottoman Empire after World War 1 - would be the perfect fodder for Werner Herzog. After all, the great explorer, adventurer-director of the 1970s German New Wave movement has always loved a good story about one dreamer taking on the elements and the world as evidenced by films such as Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo.

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