Meeting Gorbachev

2018 | UK | NR | 90 min.


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Film Info
Release Year:2018
Runtime:90 min.
Production Country:UK
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Werner Herzog
André Singer
Produced by:Svetlana Palmer
Cinematography:Yuri Burak
Editing By:Michael Ellis
Music By:Nicholas Singer
Cast:Yuri Andropov
James Baker
Leonid Brezhnev
Mikhail Gorbachev


In both his narrative films and his documentaries, legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog has always focused on people that live abnormal, often dangerous lives, be it volcanologists, Antarctic researchers, or 16th century conquistadors. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, now 87, might not initially seem like one of these figures but, really, what job could be more dangerous than attempting to end the Cold War? As always, Herzog digs deep into the psychology of his subject, and over the course of three interviews, he figures out what makes Gorbachev tick. Given all that’s happening in the world, 2019 might seem like an odd time to spotlight a long-retired Russian leader. But in this engrossing, humanistic portrait, Herzog illuminates why Gorbachev—who led his people away from fascism and toward peaceful resolutions—is worthy of study now more than ever.