Thursday, June 10, 2004

Here is a fascinating transcript of a conversation between Reagan and Gorbachev at the 1986 Rejkjavik summit. Gorbachev is hectoring Reagan on the fact that half the movies shown in the Soviet Union are American, while Russian and Soviet films are almost never shown in the United States. Reagan is dismissive of the complaint and comes pretty close to saying, "You just don't get it, do you?"

President Reagan: We do not have any ban on your movies. The film industry is a free business, and if someone wants to show your films he can do it.

Secretary General Gorbachev: I see that the President avoids this question and goes into talk about business.

President Reagan: Our government cannot control the film market. If you want to inundate us with your movies go right ahead. How our movies get to your country, I do not know.


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