Directed By: Menno Meyjes Starring: Noah Taylor John Cusack

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A munich gallery owner befriends a young adolf hitler just after world war I.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40219573
UPC 031398829126
UPC 14 00031398829126
Format DVD
Release Date 5/20/2003
Rating Rating
Historic Figures
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note MAX, directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Menno Meyjes, stars John Cusack as the title character, Max Rothman, a German-Jewish man who lost his right arm while fighting for his country during WWI. Although Rothman is no longer able to pursue his dream of becoming an artist, he channels his love of art into a successful gallery that shows the work of many European modernist painters, including George Grosz (portrayed by Kevin McKidd). At one of his gallery openings, Rothman meets an artist and fellow WWI soldier, an intense young man named Adolf Hitler (Noah Taylor). Largely out of a veteran's bond, Rothman agrees to buy some of Hitler's work and encourages the frustrated painter to channel his emotions onto the canvas. However, angered and disillusioned by Germany's impoverished state, Hitler also begins flirting with politics and public speaking. As Rothman comes closer to selling his work, Hitler's interests take a turn--a turn that will change the course of world history.^Stirring up controversy even before its release, MAX largely avoids the pitfalls often associated with taking on major historical figures. Although the film is about Hitler, as the title implies, it focuses more on the intriguing and complex character of Max Rothman, who is excellently portrayed by Cusack. In spite of his lost arm and his country's decline, Rothman tries to remain optimistic and finds solace in his appreciation of art. Meanwhile, Hitler's artistic output is largely unimaginative, and Taylor's performance as the future dictator and mass murderer is far from flattering or sympathetic. A smart and unusual film that handles its delicate subject matter well, MAX is a engaging look at the lives of two men just before they are irrevocably altered.
New York Times "...It presents a fascinating and psychologically credible interpretation of events that may have been crucial to that monster's formation....The film has extravagantly stylized visual imagination..." 12/27/2002 p.E19
Premiere "...This is a fascinating and engrossing film that deals intelligently with a great many ideas, and Cusack and Taylor are brilliant in it..." 01/01/2003 p.20-1
Entertainment Weekly "...[A] provocative historical fantasy....It challenges, this nervy oddity, like modern art should..." 01/17/2003 p.57
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...John Cusack gives an adroit performance..." 02/01/2003 p.38-9
Sight and Sound "...Meyjes is surprisingly successful at recreating the tumult of early-Weimar Germany....It's testament to Meyjes' storytelling abilities that there is some suspense about a film whose ending every audience knows long in advance..." 07/01/2003 p.53-4
Total Film "In context, the drama is immense." 04/01/2004 p.119
Menno Meyjes
Noah Taylor
John Cusack
Cast & Crew
David Horovitch - Star
Janet Suzman - Star
Noah Taylor - Star
Ulrich Thomsen - Star
Leelee Sobieski - Star
John Cusack - Star
Molly Parker - Star
Kevin McKidd - Star
Andras Hamori - Producer
Menno Meyjes - Screenwriter
Dan Jones - Composer
Lajos Koltai - Director of Photography
John Cusack - Associate Producer
Menno Meyjes - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 8291-D
UPC 00031398829126
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Cusack,John
Label Trimark Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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