Reagan and Gorbachev in Geneva (2009)

A story of the unlikely relationship between Reagan and Gorbachev and how their chemistry soothed east-west geopolitical tensions.

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Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

This week is the 90th birthday of the first and only president of the former Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.

It was a meeting which fundamentally altered the trajectory of international politics and history: the 1985 Geneva Summit with US President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. This defining Cold War documentary by Professor David Reynolds examines the unlikely relationship between Reagan and Gorbachev and how their chemistry soothed east-west geopolitical tensions and led the infamous Iron Curtain to fall. As Reynolds so aptly describes, “This is the story of how the Cold War ended. Not with bang or a whimper, but a handshake.”

Run time: 59 min
Written and narrated by Professor David Reynolds
Production: BBC Four (2009)

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