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Meeting Gorbachev

The life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union in chronological order.
(NR, 90 min.)


Friday, Jun, 21


Rising from a farm boy to become President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev brought about changes that helped end the Cold War, toppled the USSR, enabled the reunification of Germany and transformed the world forever.

Director: Andre Singer and Werner Herzog
Genre(s): Documentary

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"Herzog has a knack for extracting pithy, poetic responses from his subjects, but here he outdoes himself."

— Christopher Machell, CineVue

"Defining a politician’s titan legacy in a singularly unexpected way, Meeting Gorbachev meets its expectations."

— Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"All thanks to Herzog’s keen eye at having a continuous fluid flow to the story and his subject’s willingness to lay bare in front of an audience, this is one of the most important documentaries of the year because it still feels fresh and relevant to our times."

— Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

"The real show here is Herzog and Gorbachev, two of the most interesting people in the world, getting to know each other, asking the big questions, fumbling through small talk, and becoming friends."

— William Bibbiani, TheWrap

"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."

— Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"But if Meeting Gorbachev finds its subject mostly staying on a pro-peace, antinuclear message — and it’s a script that’s hard to argue with — Herzog shapes the film into a study in how world events often come down to quirks of character and circumstance."

— Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times