Werner Herzog and Mikhail Gorbachev in a conversation about history, the fall of the Soviet Union and the future of Russia embellished with black Herzogian humour.
With his distinctive voice and his penchant for the more absurd sides of humanity, Werner Herzog is an unparalleled narrator. But in Meeting Gorbachev he is in for a fight to the finish. Herzog's conversations with the 87-year-old former head of state is epic in scope, but has a keen eye for history's small details. The greatness and fall of the Soviet Union, the Cold War, the future of Russia - the ageing Gorbachev's political insight is as profound as his trust in the individual. We are reminded of how things could have turned out with this vast country. As any good Marxist knows, history is just a byword for struggle and conflict, but Gorbachev looks forward towards a possible future with peace. Herzog himself contributes his own analyses of archive material from the Soviet era, where he with black humour and a sharp eye finds the most interesting details in the midst of all the confusion. And, paradoxically, it is these details that end up being decisive.