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Meeting Gorbachev

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s documentary, filled with 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.

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

Christopher Machell, CineVue

"Gorbachev turns out to be one of the most fascinating political figures of our time. All thanks to Herzog's keen eye."

Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

"Herzog is an affable and curious interlocutor, and Gorbachev is engaged and on point, insightfully discussing his nation's past and present."

Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

Movie Info

Directed by Werner Herzog & André Singer
90 minutes

CINEMA ADMISSION:

REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $6
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $5.50
SENIORS (65+): $8
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $8

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