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Good but not great herzog.
Enjoyed the one on one chat and reflection on history. Video clips (Regan, Thatcher, Kohl) and other interview bits (James Baker, others) added to the story
Being 72, I lived through the Reagan Gorbachev Cold War years. This film really brought a wonderful clear perspective of the time as well as Gorbachev the man and his history and time.
The conversations were extremely revealing, even personal to a shocking degree. A fitting document to one of the 20th centurys greatest leaders
The conversational doco style is entirely reminiscent of Herzogs other work, not at all a bad thing. But his choice of subject in this case brings the conversation to life in a remarkable way. Tracing a path through the end of the Soviet union, Herzog retells the story of an unfinished revolution - Gorbachevs sweeping vision for an overhauled USSR - and its premature demise at the hands of political opportunists. Though the question is not posed explicitly, once is left to wonder how the world would look today had the rise of Russian kleptocrats been forestalled.
Despite a slight tendency to shortchange the first-person views of the principal subject (especially where his life outside of politics is concerned), director Werner Herzog's latest documentary presents a thorough look at the truly remarkable accomplishments of a pragmatic and visionary statesman, one whose work was abruptly stopped short by opportunists who kept him from seeing things all the way through. Some might term this a love letter to the former Soviet leader, but in many ways it also helps to set the record straight on his achievements and how he sadly became a tragic hero. Gorbachev's admonishments for the current geopolitical situation serve as an insightful warning against letting history repeat itself and undoing everything that he did that his predecessors were unable to accomplish. Genuinely moving and inspired viewing.
Fascinating portrayal of a Soviet leader. His role in letting the empire collapse, though, is mostly skimmed over. And there's only a hint about NATO's effects on Russia's security and its relations with the West.
A documentary about one of the greatest politicians of all time during one of th most troubling times of humanity. A must watch for anyone interested in how one man (and his teams and ideas) effectively saved Russia and brilliance behind it.