Lady Hester StanhopeWhere are Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich when you need them? An upcoming British movie, “The Lady Who Went Too Far,” sounds like it would have been a perfect vehicle for the actress and director who followed their German masterpiece “The Blue Angel” with the six classics of romantic exotica they made at Paramount in the 1930s. Based on Kirsten Ellis’s 2008 biography “Star of the Morning: The Extraordinary Life of Lady Hester Stanhope,” the film will tell the story of the fearless socialite, camel-mounted desert traveler, and archaeological treasure-seeker who in 1815 conducted the first modern excavation in Palestine.

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