Max
2002
Menno Meyjes directs this fictionalized account of the troubled relationship between a young German painter -- the yet-to-be-notorious Adolf Hitler -- and Max Rothman, a Jewish art teacher who doesn't nurture the fledgling artist.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Setting aside the silly controversy over humanizing Hitler (he was human), this fictional tale of 'what might have been' is hit-or-miss in effect. Me, I was taken in by its pensiveness and clarity, but others might be bored stiff. The most electrifying element is Hitler the public speaker; Noah Taylor is ablaze with hate in those scenes. The extreme camera angles are tiresome and the irony does get heavy-handed, but this remains a fine, thoughtful film about our strange capacity to reject human kindness. See it and think.

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