Full US Trailer for Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert' with Nicole Kidman

July 2, 2015
Source: YouTube

Queen of the Desert US Trailer

"It is something that you in your world would never understand…" Atlas Distribution has debuted a new US trailer for Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman as the legendary Gertrude Bell, who was an important figure in Middle East relations in the early 1900s. This isn't the first trailer we've featured, however the other trailer was an international version, this new one has a much more epic, Lawrence of Arabia-esque feel. Which is what they're really selling it like, with Robert Pattinson playing T.E. Lawrence and everything, but it's really a story about Bell's life. The cast includes James Franco, Damian Lewis and Jenny Agutter. This trailer does really give everything its got to try and sell tickets.

Here's the first official US trailer for Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, found on YouTube:

The film tells the story of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) who, as historian, novelist and member of the British secret service, played a decisive role around 1920 in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East. A chronicle of her life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century. The cast includes James Franco as Henry Cadogan, Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence and Damian Lewis as Charles Doughty-Wylie. Queen of the Desert is written & directed by acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog (Rescue Dawn). The film first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Atlas Co. will release Queen of the Desert in late September.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


Always down for Herzog as he is one of the most versatile directors out there.

DAVIDPD on Jul 2, 2015


TV movie acting and style. Winston Churchill what a prick.

Carpola on Jul 2, 2015


I got the same acting vibe. Felt...soap-operatic. Could just be a poorly cut trailer. We'll see.

Quanah on Jul 2, 2015


It could have been the music Quanah, the first cut was a bit more cinematic.

Carpola on Jul 3, 2015


I feel some longstanding, forgotten, odor of neocolonial satisfaction. Of course, there's Werner Herzog in this, but still, I don't see the purpose in making this ...

shiboleth on Jul 3, 2015


Ugh, Alex. This movie looks to be just terrible. Herzog, where's the Herzog of long ago when he made films with the madman Klaus Kinski? Those films were bursting with intensity. This movie lacks energy and the acting is so bad, so flat I was astonished. I've nothing against Pattinson, but Lawrence he ain't. One can only think of the great Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence in the magnificant Lawrence of Arabia. Speaking of which, just take a look at the great photography of that film and the vast and beautiful desert shots and look at the flat, uninspired, washed out look of this digital debacle. Horrible...just horrible. Perhaps Herzog should stick with doc films he's been making because this and that terrible Rescue Dawn just isn't cutting it. What a disappointment. And Franco? Just adds to the debacle.

Bo on Jul 3, 2015


I've seen it! And I can confirm it IS terrible. I just... wish it was better. I mean, on paper it sounds glorious. Herzog directing Nicole Kidman in the story of Gertrude Bell, oh my. But in reality it's such a dismal film, ugh. I saw it at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. (And I wanted to feature the trailer because trailers are free to watch, and at least you get to see what this looks like.)

Alex Billington on Jul 3, 2015


That's an honest answer ...

shiboleth on Jul 3, 2015


Well, thanks for taking the heat on this one, Alex; and for the free trailer. I agree, what a pity and so I'll take a big pass on it! I hate to say it, but they sure don't seem to make them like they used to. At least, not in this case. Thanks again!

Bo on Jul 3, 2015

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