Meeting Gorbachev

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Meeting Gorbachev plays to filmmaker Werner Herzog's endlessly inquisitive strengths -- and reveals the fascinating story of a pivotal political figure.

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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 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.

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  • Werner Herzog has a knack for unearthing colourful characters with fascinating stories.

    January 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Meeting Gorbachev is neither shocking nor provocative, but it certainly provides a window into the former world leader, as well as Herzog himself.

    January 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Aside from Herzog's sinewy delivery, much of Meeting Gorbachev feels like a regurgitated textbook with lots to recount but not much to say.

    January 17, 2020 | Full Review…

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  • Werner Herzog never quite recovers from having his opening question slapped down in this fitfully revealing, but always intriguing encounter with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

    November 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Herzog may usher his subject through a kind of swansong lifetime achievement testimony, but Meeting Gorbachev is also a film about the dying of the light...

    November 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] succinct and intimate documentary.

    November 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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