Meeting Gorbachev

Deeply fascinating...few documentarians have mastered the interview process like Werner Herzog.


Meeting Gorbachev

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archival materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician. Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, has mellowed and slowed down. Still, gently but resolutely, he is pushing towards his goals. Herzog, as on-screen interviewer, does not disguise his affection, celebrating Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. All of this in six years. One German diplomat sums up Gorbachev’s approach: “The process went so quickly that...opponents were overcome by the reality of the situation.” Herzog and Singer remind us of the drastic and unforeseeable way the world changes.
Documentary, History, Politics & World Affairs
English, Russian, German, Polish
Werner Herzog
Andre Singer
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

Sometimes you don’t realize you needed a cinematic pairing until you see it, as with Werner Herzog interviewing Mikhail Gorbachev for the German filmmaker’s biographical doc of the consequential 20th century world leader, “Meeting Gorbachev.” The two met three times over six months — during which ...

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