Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Queen of the Desert

2015, Werner Herzog, USA/Morocco, 128 min. With Nicole Kidman, James Franco.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 14th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Apr 14th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 15th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 15th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Apr 16th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Apr 17th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Apr 18th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Apr 19th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 20th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

“In Bell, Herzog finds a historical character entirely suited to the director’s trademark eye for the outlandish.” — Michael Pattison, RogerEbert.com

“Compelling…uses the actress’ poised and almost regal bearing to its advantage.” — Peter Debruge, Variety

German auteur and icon of idiosyncratic filmmaking Herzog (CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS; AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD) fashions a sweeping romantic drama around the life of British explorer and archaeologist Gertrude Bell (1868-1926). Seen as a strong-willed and restless spirit from girlhood, Bell (Kidman) flees England for her diplomat uncle’s Tehran embassy, where she is seduced by the poetry, culture, and unforgiving landscape of the desert. Kidman’s portrayal combines steely resolve and calculated charm through daring exploits that include showdowns with armed Bedouins, cunning negotiations with tribal leaders, and kidnapping by a sheikh. Atypically for Herzog, he interprets this maker of kings, shaper of post-WWI Middle Eastern nations, and contemporary of T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson) as a woman driven by the secret sorrow of two tragic love affairs. In English, Arabic, and Turkish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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