Werner Herzog has veered away from Middle East politics in his long-awaited yet disappointly sappy biopic of Gertrude Bell.
The British archaeologist, writer and political operative, who was instrumental in marking out the post-First World War borders of Iraq and recommending that Ibn Saud be allowed to create a kingdom in Central Arabia, was a powerful woman in an unlikely time.
Sadly, Herzog decides to concentrate on the parts of her life that could be taken out of an episode of Downton Abbey.
The problems seem to have started with the way that Herzog approached the project. Speaking at the Berlin film festival, where the film has had its world premiere, the director revealed: “...