Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive 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 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.
“One of the year’s best docs….Gorbachev turns out to be one of the most fascinating political figures of our time. Herzog has made the definitive film about the collapse that eventually led to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall….It still feels fresh and relevant to our times.” —Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist “With Mikhail Gorbachev—the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union —Werner Herzog has finally met his match….It’s ultimately because of Gorbachev’s seeming unwillingness to fit the director’s usual mold that MEETING GORBACHEV is able to become such a different and engaging bio-doc.” —David Ehrlich, Indiewire
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