Meeting Gorbachev 15

BUY TICKETS 8pm Sunday 24 November
Followed by a discussion with journalist Liam Halligan, a former Moscow correspondent who has met Gorbachev.

DIRECTORS Werner Herzog, André Singer

This riveting documentary, which provides incredible access to Mikhail Gorbachev, is based on three long interviews and includes fascinating archive materials.

The latest documentary from Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo) traces the career of Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the USSR. Combining insightful interviews, archive footage and playful moments, it celebrates Gorbachev’s remarkable achievements which included the reunification of Germany, negotiating the reduction of nuclear weapons with the US and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
(2018 UK / Germany / USA 91 mins Part subtitled)

Rather than presenting a cold, objective account of the fall of Communism in Russia and its satellite states, Herzog’s film is a personal and emotive document: it really is as much about Herzog’s experience of meeting his subject as it is about the subject himself … Herzog presents Gorbachev as a fairly uncomplicated force for good in global politics, but it’s difficult not to share in his passion. Crucially, Meeting Gorbachev constructs an extremely persuasive account of Gorbachev’s consummate political skills, and of his instrumental role in the modernisation of Communist Russia. Christopher Machell, CineVue

Language: English / Russian / German / Polish

BBFC advice: Contains images of read dead bodies and mild violence
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