- UK / Germany / US
- Directed by: Werner Herzog
A portrait of the last leader of the Soviet Union, culled from three interviews and lots of archive material. Herzog clearly admires Gorbachev and it’s others, such as Lech Walesa, who provide more critical distance. Gorbachev comes across as genial but steely, a harsh judge of his own failings, and it’s fascinating and even touching.
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Meeting Gorbachev4 Nov 2019
Werner Herzog chats to the titular politician in this fascinating and touching documentary
Mikhail Gorbachev feels like a leader from a bygone age. He flourished in a time when divisive walls could fall, ruthless dictators might be toppled and nations around the world allowed themselves the gift of hope. There is the suggestion that he is the…
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