Werner Herzog turns 80 years young on Sept. 5, so AHFW has to feature one of his movies this week. With former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev just passing away on Aug. 30, ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ is our obvious choice.
“Meeting Gorbachev” (2018) – Nobel Peace Prize winner President Mikhail Gorbachev introduced democratic reforms that dissolved the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but this vastly important figure of the 20th century has been largely overlooked in the 21st. Not by directors Andre Singer and Werner Herzog! They uncover precious, rare footage of Soviet imagery and Gorbachev’s life, and Herzog interviews the (at the time) 87-year-old former Soviet leader in an absorbing documentary that captures a holistic picture of the man. Gorbachev reveals his actions, motivations and feelings, and the associated archived video clips deliver an eye-opening history lesson. Meanwhile, Herzog offers his celebrated voice and perspectives throughout the 90-minute runtime, which again proves that Morgan Freeman and he should narrate everything.
⭐⭐⭐ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Directed by: Andre Singer and Werner Herzog
Narrated by: Werner Herzog
Starring: Mikhail Gorbachev
Image credits: A&E Networks