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MaxIf only Hitler had stuck to art. So posits writer-director Menno Meyjes' odd excursion into the fictional: a Zelig-like encounter between the pre-Fuhrer...MaxDramaPT108MRIf only Hitler had stuck to art. So posits writer-director Menno Meyjes' odd excursion into the fictional: a Zelig-like encounter between the pre-Fuhrer...2003-05-23Molly ParkerPaul HippLeelee SobieskiUlrich ThomsenMolly Parker, Paul Hipp, Leelee Sobieski, Ulrich ThomsenLions Gate Films
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Max

Genre: Drama; Starring: John Cusack, Noah Taylor, Molly Parker, Paul Hipp, Leelee Sobieski, Ulrich Thomsen; Director: Menno Meyjes; Author: Menno Meyjes; Release Date Limited: 12/27/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

If only Hitler had stuck to art. So posits writer-director Menno Meyjes’ odd excursion into the fictional: a Zelig-like encounter between the pre-Fuhrer as paint-stained wretch (Taylor) and Max (Cusack), a chummy Jewish art dealer who tries to boost his career in devastated post-WWI Munich. It’s a tantalizing premise, but it ultimately feels somewhat pointless, even farcical (here comes that beer-hall speech!), presenting a needlessly revisionist view of a psyche that defies easy explanation.

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