Meeting Gorbachev (2019)

Meeting Gorbachev (2019)

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Winner of Best Documentary at the 2019 Chichester Film Festival with 65 five-star, and 10 four-star votes. This is the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union, in conversation with Werner Herzog.

Being his personal account of the part he played in such a volatile era, it is bound to be subjective, however Herzog attempts to place Gorbachev's recollections in context, using some rarely seen archive footage in the process. The way Gorbachev was elevated to the top of the Soviet Union is seen here in almost comical terms, as his three predecessors - relics of the old Communist Party - are despatched in quick succession to their resting place at the foot of the Kremlin Wall.

The real emotion comes towards the end when we learn about the final days of Mikhail's beloved wife, Raisa. It's a truly fascinating look at a remarkable time in world history. (Subtitles)