Farewell (L’affaire Farewell)
Produced by Christophe Rossignon and Pathe Films
Directed by Christian Carion
Screenplay by Christian Carion and Eric Raynaud
Distributed by Neoclassics Films
After 20 years, we finally have a film that dramatizes how Ronald Reagan won the Cold War. Needless to say, it’s not an American production. In the land of the free, we have been relentlessly schooled to believe it was Mikhail Gorbachev who won the engagement by wisely allowing his Soviet Union to melt into history’s inevitability. However odd, this view may explain why American filmmakers have been chary of the material French director Christian Carion has bravely explored in Farewell (L’affaire Farewell).
You’ll know just how bravely if you remember our responsible media commentators’ response to Ronald Reagan in 1983 when he proposed his plan to render nuclear weapons obsolete. They viciously mocked his dream of creating a space-based antimissile shield officially dubbed the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). It was a fantasy, they sneered. The then-resident analyst-in-chief at the New York Times, Anthony Lewis, averred that Reagan had lingered too long in Hollywood. The codger really couldn’t distinguish between reality and the movies. Time called SDI “Star...