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Max (2002)

Director: Menno Meyjes     Starring: Noah Taylor John Cusack
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40219573
UPC: 031398829126
UPC 14: 00031398829126
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A munich gallery owner befriends a young adolf hitler just after world war I.
Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby, Digital Audio

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/20/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 106 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 8291-D
Video UPC UPC: 00031398829126
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info David Horovitch
Video Cast Info Janet Suzman
Video Cast Info Noah Taylor
Video Cast Info Ulrich Thomsen
Video Cast Info Leelee Sobieski
Video Cast Info John Cusack
Video Cast Info Molly Parker
Video Cast Info Kevin McKidd
Video Cast Info Andras Hamori - Producer
Video Cast Info Menno Meyjes - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Dan Jones - Composer
Video Cast Info Lajos Koltai - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info John Cusack - Associate Producer
Video Cast Info Menno Meyjes - Director

Professional Reviews

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

"...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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Cusack,John
Product attributeLabel:   Trimark Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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