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Meeting Gorbachev review – Werner Herzog pulls his punches

The great director quizzes the former Ussr leader in a grandly presented documentary that fails to address the Putin question

Werner Herzog shares a co-directing credit with British documentarist André Singer here, but really this is Herzog’s show, a self-consciously grand head-to-head between the great director and the great historical figure. Despite the film’s obvious interest, it is a bit conceited and stately, a little like Wim Wenders’ movie about Pope Francis, though without the sycophancy. Or almost. This is Herzog’s encounter with Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Ussr president and the last great figure from the end of the cold war, now that Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan are no longer with us.

The last time Gorbachev appeared on screen was in the recent terrifying TV drama Chernobyl, played by the Swedish actor David Dencik, as an enigmatic, enclosed figure, and perhaps many of the audience assumed
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How Achieving Authenticity Was Key When Casting ‘Chernobyl,’ ‘Escape at Dannemora,’ ‘Fosse/Verdon’

  • Variety
When casting a series in which real-life events or a best-selling novel provides parameters for what characters should look like, a casting director’s goal is to find that ensemble’s “essence.” “You’re not going to match people, and I don’t think that’s the important part,” says Rachel Tenner, casting director of Showtime’s limited series “Escape at Dannemora.” “The important part is the story that these actors are going to tell honestly and beautifully.” Whether it’s finding an actor with the ability to channel a famous Broadway star or getting the accents of an international cast to appear uniform, this year’s nominees for limited series/TV movie/special casting were all about achieving authenticity.

Chernobyl

(HBO)

In trying to re-create the nuclear disaster in 1986 Ukraine, casting director Nina Gold says she drove her colleagues crazy with the phrase, “But do they feel Russian?” To Gold,
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The Elders Warn of Escalating Nuclear Tensions Following Termination of Inf Treaty

The Elders warned today that the imminent termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (Inf) Treaty between the United States and Russia risks sparking an ever greater escalation of nuclear tensions and a breakdown of global security structures.

They noted that each side has blamed the other in a deepening cycle of recrimination. Even if the responsibilities for this breakdown of the Inf Treaty are not shared, both sides share responsibility for the future to uphold arms control treaties and pursue disarmament.

The Elders thus called on Us President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to act in the interests of all humanity rather than following short-sighted agendas, noting that the consequences of the termination of the Inf will be acutely felt in Europe and Asia and will exacerbate global tensions ahead of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (Npt) Review Conference in 2020.

Gro Harlem Brundtland, Elder and former Prime Minister of Norway,
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‘Stranger Things’: 13 Totally ‘80s Pop Culture References That Should Be in Season 3

‘Stranger Things’: 13 Totally ‘80s Pop Culture References That Should Be in Season 3
In its first two seasons, “Stranger Things” became an ’80s pop culture delivery system that celebrated one of the best aspects of that era: consumerism! Whether it was Eggo waffles or Dragon’s Lair, the kids of Hawkins, Indiana didn’t see a product they didn’t want.

For Season 3, “Stranger Things” takes place in 1985 and culminates in an Independence Day carnival.That year is also rich with significant pop culture milestones and although the show isn’t necessarily a documentary, it does offer a visual playground for that time period. Let’s take a look at some of the most important pop culture references for 1985 up through Independence Day that we might be able to expect this season:

1. “Beverly Hills Cop

Although this movie technically premiered in December 1984, it had major box office holdover into the new year. Eddie Murphy and his rebellious cop ways were a cultural touchstone for everyone,
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‘Chernobyl’ Resonated With So Many Viewers by Providing a Canvas for All Our Anxieties

‘Chernobyl’ Resonated With So Many Viewers by Providing a Canvas for All Our Anxieties
It’s no secret that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to measure success in the TV industry. Social engagement, overnight ratings, online petitions, and episode rankings have all become bizarre internet currency that hint at a series’ popularity. By most metrics, however, “Chernobyl” is one of the surprising hits of the year, taking a tragedy of public record and imbuing with a prescient, detailed consideration of what that tragedy meant for the people of the Soviet Union and the world at large.

So why is a 30-year-old story connecting with so many people today? The core of the show’s ballooning impact lies in what it stands for within the minds of those who watch it — and it can stand for quite a lot. “Chernobyl” is a show about empathy. “Chernobyl” is a show about the dangers of hubris, the perils of ignoring expertise. “Chernobyl” is a show that hones
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'Chernobyl' review: The HBO series is brilliant and offers a stark warning to humanity

HBOThe five episode series is a dramatised version of the actual events, and purely from a storytelling point of view, it’s nothing short of a cinematic achievement. Hemanth Kumar C RThere is a theory that the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 accelerated the collapse of the erstwhile Ussr in the late ‘80s, and Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, himself ratified this theory in one of his interviews in the mid-2000s. Over the past three decades, Chernobyl has remained a political and socio-economic zeitgeist, and the fact that every intricate detail about the nuclear disaster and its aftermath still piques our interest says a lot about its socio-cultural impact. In Craig Mazin’s deftly crafted mini-series for HBO, we are taken back in time when Chernobyl turned into humanity's worst nightmare overnight and the subsequent efforts to save millions of lives from the adverse effects of radiation.
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‘Chernobyl’ Producers Understand If You Need to Skip a Few Brutal, but Essential Scenes

‘Chernobyl’ Producers Understand If You Need to Skip a Few Brutal, but Essential Scenes
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Chernobyl” Episode 4, “The Happiness of All Mankind.”]

One of the ideas that emerges from the HBO series “Chernobyl” is that the initial explosion at the power plant set in motion a race against time, one in which few participants realized how fast they needed to sprint. A notable exception comes in the series’ fourth installment, “The Happiness of All Mankind,” when a revolving door of men are tasked with manually removing radioactive hunks of graphite from one of the plant’s remaining rooftops.

In a single take, the camera follows one doomed worker as he risks his life for a few frenzied seconds atop what Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) describes earlier in the episode as “the most dangerous place on Earth.” Carefully choreographed amid the rubble, the tracking shot moves along with the hazmat-suited subject, as he risks very possible death just to send a few pounds of reactor core
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‘Meeting Gorbachev’ Film Review: Werner Herzog Gets Up Close and Personal With Former Soviet Leader

  • The Wrap
‘Meeting Gorbachev’ Film Review: Werner Herzog Gets Up Close and Personal With Former Soviet Leader
As one watches Werner Herzog and André Singer’s documentary “Meeting Gorbachev,” the mind floats back to the words of the late Gene Siskel, the film critic who was known for, amongst other things, a hypothetical question he posed to filmmakers: “Is my film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch together?”

Meeting Gorbachev” is a film about Werner Herzog and Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union, having a series of three conversations, including one during which they enjoy fancy chocolates. It’s a conversation so deeply fascinating that there’s nothing else the filmmakers could have done to spice it up. Herzog and Gorbachev could have joined forces to halt an alien invasion and invent time travel, and it still wouldn’t have packed the same wallop.

Herzog narrates “Meeting Gorbachev,” which intercuts his interviews with documentary footage and historical context. If
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Werner Herzog: 'I'm not a pundit. Don't push me into that corner'

The acclaimed film-maker talks about his latest project, a documented series of conversations with Mikhail Gorbachev, and his avoidance of certain labels

Director-documentarian-deity Werner Herzog has stared death in the face, blazed a path through madness, and charted the outermost limits of human experience. For a man of such stature, sitting down with one of the most significant public figures of the twentieth century was no biggie.

“We had an instant rapport,” Herzog says of his recent rendezvous with Mikhail Gorbachev, in an interview with the Guardian during the Tribeca film festival. His new non-fiction feature Meeting Gorbachev chronicles three tête-à-têtes across the span of six months between the film-maker and the final general secretary of the Communist party of the Soviet Union, in which two personalities known for exuding an intense presence immediately took a shine to one another.
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Meeting Gorbachev Movie Review

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Meeting Gorbachev The Orchard Reviewed for Shockya.com & BigAppleReviews.net linked from Rotten Tomatoes by: Harvey Karten Director: Werner Herzog, André Singer Screenwriter: Werner Herzog Cast: Mikhail Gorbachev, Werner Herzog Screened at: Dolby 24, NYC, 4/1/19 Opens: May 3, 2019 When Mikhail Gorbachev gave a talk during a visit in December 1988 with President Reagan, a […]

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‘Supernatural’: All Hell Breaks Loose In Season 14 Finale Of The CW Series

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‘Supernatural’: All Hell Breaks Loose In Season 14 Finale Of The CW Series
Spoiler Alert: This article contains details about the Season 14 finale of Supernatural.

The penultimate season of Supernatural closed out on Thursday with “Moriah,” a hellacious, reality-shaking episode that shares its name with the Biblical mountain region that was divinely designated as the site of Isaac’s sacrifice in the Book of Genesis. The knives were certainly out in the intense episode which began with familial division and ended, essentially, with the end of the world as we know it.

The show’s family of characters are divided by the out-of-control actions of Jack (Alexander Calvert) and the proper way to respond to a reckless hazard who also happens to be a close compatriot and has sacrificed parts of his soul to save the Brothers Winchester, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). The two Hunters feel the conflicting tug of their emotions and the savage imperatives of the situation. It’s a struggle for Sam,
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Meeting Gorbachov

Meeting Gorbachov
‘Meeting Gorbachev’ A Film by Werner Herzog and André SingerHow tragic it was for us all that the putsch that overthrew Gorbachev and was repudiated by the people of Ussr morphed into his eventual downfall and he was replaced by the alcoholic Yeltsin who was then replaced by Putin.Werner Herzog and Mikhail Gorbachev

Gorbachev was a true man of the people and embodied the Soviet ideal, and in fact, the ideal of everyone in the world, that a man of integrity can rise from the bottom to the top. Meeting Gorbachev endears him to you.

Watch the trailer here.

Werner Herzog and his co-director — — portray their own prejudices as Germans and Gorbachev diffuses them. In the course of this loving documentary — -which opens with the almost noblesse oblige acknowledgment that of course, Gorbachev as a Russian must hate the Germans for the millions of Russians they killed during the war.
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“A Friendly Person Who is Easier to Handle Than a Dog”: Werner Herzog’s Masterclass at Visions du Réel

A figure of such stature as Mikhail Gorbachev is an awkward fit for a documentary by Werner Herzog, a director whose non-fiction work has chiefly focused on extraordinary personalities and experiences excluded from history books. As such, it’s not overall surprising that his latest, Meeting Gorbachev (co-directed with his frequent producer André Singer), should be hamstrung by its subject, a man who withstood unimaginable political pressure and media scrutiny as he navigated, if not orchestrated, one of the most momentous chapters of the 20th century. As Herzog explained in a masterclass held during the 50th Visions du Réel documentary film […]
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“A Friendly Person Who is Easier to Handle Than a Dog”: Werner Herzog’s Masterclass at Visions du Réel

A figure of such stature as Mikhail Gorbachev is an awkward fit for a documentary by Werner Herzog, a director whose non-fiction work has chiefly focused on extraordinary personalities and experiences excluded from history books. As such, it’s not overall surprising that his latest, Meeting Gorbachev (co-directed with his frequent producer André Singer), should be hamstrung by its subject, a man who withstood unimaginable political pressure and media scrutiny as he navigated, if not orchestrated, one of the most momentous chapters of the 20th century. As Herzog explained in a masterclass held during the 50th Visions du Réel documentary film […]
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The Orchard film group rebrands as 1091

New leadership team announced.

The Orchard film group has rebranded as 1091 after it was acquired by 1091 Media in January and has announced a new leadership team and set Tribeca Film Festival documentary selections Meeting Gorbachev and Halston as its first releases.

1091 Media principals Daniel Stein and Joe Samberg said the company will handle film and television and plans to invest in technology, new delivery options and business intelligence. Paul Davidson departed last week as head of film and television.

Stein will take an active role as executive chairman of 1091. The leadership team includes COO and CFO Chad Blackwell; chief
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A Trailer for Werner Herzog's New Documentary 'Meeting Gorbachev'

"There's never been anything like it in history..." The Orchard has debuted an official trailer for the doc Meeting Gorbachev, opening in Us theaters in a few months. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and also played at the Telluride and Luxembourg City Film Festivals. Meeting Gorbachev is the latest documentary from Werner Herzog, co-directed by André Singer, and it seems to be a provocative, eye-opening look at an iconic politician. Herzog sat down for a total of three interviews over six months with Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union. Herzog's candid conversations with the former Soviet head of state form the backbone of this illuminating film, which tries to show that America and Russia are much similar than we all think. Herzog tells Indiewire in an interview: "I wish I can be part of creating a climate that would appeal to
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Werner Herzog & Andre Singer Film ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ North American Rights Go To The Orchard

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A film memoir of former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev featuring exclusive interviews has had its North American rights acquired by distributor The Orchard from History Films.

Meeting Gorbachev is a documentary directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer for Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film. The behind-the-scenes look at the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union features interviews of Gorbachev by Herzog on three occasions across a six-month period, capturing a unique look at a politician who changed the world.

“Meeting Gorbachev is an enthralling look back at a fascinating leader and diplomat, all the more impactful based on what the world looks like today,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s Evp film and television. “Werner and Andre’s own sensibilities make the film engaging and personal in a way no other filmmakers could.”

The documentary is produced by Lucki Stipetic and Svetlana Palmer. The executive producers
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Werner Herzog’s ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ Acquired by The Orchard for Early 2019 Release

  • The Wrap
The Orchard has acquired the North American distribution rights to “Meeting Gorbachev,” the documentary about former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, which will be co-directed by Werner Herzog, the company announced Friday.

The Orchard is planning a theatrical release for early 2019, while History retains all television rights for the documentary.

Directed by Herzog and André Singer for Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film, “Meeting Gorbachev” conducts behind-the-scenes memoirs from Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union and one of the world’s most established politicians of the 20th century. Herzog interviewed Gorbachev on three separate occasions across a six-month period, each time capturing a look into Gorbachev’s career and his commitment to peace.

Also Read: Werner Herzog Says Mikhail Gorbachev Is Filled With 'Existential Solitude' (Video)

The documentary is produced by Lucki Stipetic and Svetlana Palmer. The executive producers are Richard Melman for Spring Films, and
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The Orchard Buys Werner Herzog Doc ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ (Exclusive)

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The Orchard Buys Werner Herzog Doc ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ (Exclusive)
It’s a meeting for the ages. In one corner, the architect of Perestroika. In the other, the director who nearly tamed Klaus Kinski.

“Meeting Gorbachev,” a nonfiction film documenting a series of interviews between filmmaker Werner Herzog and Mikhail Gorbachev, has been acquired by the Orchard. The indie distributor plans to release the film theatrically in 2019. “Meeting Gorbachev” premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and played at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is directed by Herzog and his longtime collaborator André Singer.

Herzog, famous for “Fitzcarraldo” and “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” interviewed Gorbachev on three separate occasions over six months. He captured the last leader of the Soviet Union’s thoughts on peace and history.

“’Meeting Gorbachev’ is an enthralling look back at a fascinating leader and diplomat, all the more impactful based on what the world looks like today,” said Paul Davidson, the Orchard’s Evp of film and television.
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The Orchard Acquires Doc 'Meeting Gorbachev' From Werner Herzog, Andre Singer

The Orchard Acquires Doc 'Meeting Gorbachev' From Werner Herzog, Andre Singer
The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to Meeting Gorbachev, from directors Werner Herzog and Andre Singer.

History Films, the A&E Network's independent film label, has retained all television rights. Meeting Gorbachev is the Orchard's third collaboration with History, after Oscar-nominated films Cartel Land and Life, Animated.

The feature is a behind-the-scenes memoir from the eighth, and last, leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. Having been General Secretary of the governing Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991, Gorbachev became one of the world’s most established politicians of the 20th century....
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