Meeting Gorbachev

Release Date: May 3rd, 2019

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, sits down with filmmaker Werner Herzog to discuss his many achievements. Topics include the talks to reduce nuclear weapons, the reunification of Germany and the dissolution of his country.

Cast: Mikhail Gorbachev, Werner Herzog

Director: Werner Herzog , André Singer

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: The Orchard, Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, History, Spring Films

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    As interviewers — and filmmakers — go, Mr. Herzog is one of a kind, his searching curiosity complemented by his instantly recognizable German accent. His new film, he goes out of his way to note, is a love letter. show more

  • 70
    Slate

    The moment when things clicked into place for me was when Herzog, in his trademark Bavarian deadpan, read a quotation from Alexander Yakovlev, one of Gorbachev’s key advisers during perestroika: “It was as if we were blind men trying to trade a mirror to deaf people in exchange for a balalaika”—a Herzogian image if there ever was one. show more

  • 70
    Stephen FarberThe Hollywood Reporter

    Herzog’s film may not be the final word on Gorbachev, but it is affectionate and candid and leaves audiences in a melancholy mood about the sometimes short-lived nature of reform. show more

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