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Praising Gorbachev to spite TrumpOver his 57 years making movies, Werner Herzog has carved out two film careers. Herzog's "Meeting Gorbachev" is documentary of a different order -- a timely 2018 profile of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last head of the Soviet Union (1922-1991), who initiated a series of state reforms and tugged the U.S. toward banning all short- and medium-range nuclear weapons.Herzog remarks how, thanks to the Nazi invasion that left 25 million Soviets dead, a German's conversation with a Russian can be historically fraught.Herzog says he was skeptical of Gorbachev's magnanimity throughout their time together, "but by the end of our conversations ... I understood that everything about Gorbachev was genuine". As he and co-director Andre Singer present Gorbachev with a small hoard of sugar-free English chocolate, Herzog admirers may notice how little skepticism this film reserves for its subject compared to his earlier docs.
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