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Max
     

Max

Director: Menno Meyjes

Cast: John Cusack, Noah Taylor, Leelee Sobieski

 
John Cusack stars in the historical drama Max, released on DVD by Trimark. Presented with a widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo sound. Extra features include audio commentary with director Menno Meyjes and more.

Overview

John Cusack stars in the historical drama Max, released on DVD by Trimark. Presented with a widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo sound. Extra features include audio commentary with director Menno Meyjes and more.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
A film that fictionalizes young Adolf Hitler's (Noah Taylor) life as a struggling artist is bound to be troubling in some respects, and writer-director Menno Meyjes must have known that his audacious, impossible yet compelling Max would be a controversial film. The film was protested by one Jewish group, sight unseen, simply for attempting to humanize the young Hitler, which Meyjes does, thanks in large part to a phenomenal performance by Noah Taylor (who played the college-age David Helfgott in Shine). But part of the film's conceit is its crucial acknowledgement that Hitler did not spring fully formed from some other dimension. However monstrous his actions, he was a human being, making him all the more disturbing an historical figure. Taylor plays the young man, traumatized by his experiences in World War I, as a petulant, perpetually aggrieved, and socially inept loser. But Taylor still manages, incredibly, to evoke sympathy. We understand why the fictional title character, a hip Jewish art dealer named Max Rothman (John Cusack), pities the young man and takes him under his wing, and it's also clear why Rothman, realizing Hitler's blunt, raging, and deadly power as an anti-Semitic political speaker, encourages him to abandon politics to further pursue his painting. Meanwhile, a German army officer (Ulrich Thomsen) sees Hitler's potential as a propagandist. In the film's overweening irony, Hitler "digs deep," as urged by Rothman, and manages to combine both interests, creating a futurist, fascistic vision that merges Germany's future with its past. Max is a well made and fascinating, deeply flawed, and troubling film that sets its goals impossibly high and is forced to settle for irony, sometimes cheap, and sometimes as profound as that of Greek tragedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0031398829126
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
14,844

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director commentary; Cast & crew interviews; 16 x 9 widescreen ; English & Spanish subtitles; 5.1 Dolby digital

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Max Rothman
Noah Taylor Adolf Hitler
Leelee Sobieski Actor
Paul Hipp Actor
Molly Parker Actor
Judit Hernadi Actor
Ulrich Thomsen Actor

Technical Credits
Menno Meyjes Director,Screenwriter
Steph Carrier Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan Debin Executive Producer
Roderick Deogrades Sound Editor
Gabor Gajdos Asst. Director
Barry Gilmore Sound/Sound Designer
Nina Gold Casting
Andras Hamori Producer
François Ivernel Executive Producer
Dan Jones Score Composer
Lajos Koltai Cinematographer
Goro Koyama Sound Editor
Tibor Lazar Art Director
Andy Malcolm Sound Editor
Cameron Mccracken Executive Producer
Ron Mellegers Sound/Sound Designer
Agnes Menyhart Set Decoration/Design
Istvan Sipos Sound/Sound Designer
Lou Solakofski Sound/Sound Designer
Jane Tattersall Sound Editor
Ben Van Os Production Designer
Dien van Straalen Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Wyatt Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Hitler [5:17]
2. New Money [5:37]
3. Defying Gravity [3:19]
4. Fascinating [5:49]
5. Authentic Voice [6:40]
6. New Science [4:07]
7. Edification [4:37]
8. Army at Peace [4:17]
9. Unknown Soldier [3:57]
10. Lemonade [3:57]
11. Be Anxious [5:38]
12. Pass the Night [5:10]
13. Words are Magic [4:53]
14. Might Have Been [5:17]
15. Depraved Dream [4:40]
16. Nothing [3:09]
17. Muse [3:15]
18. New Art [4:30]
19. Marching Backwards [3:34]
20. Nice Sort [2:36]
21. Control [2:36]
22. Jewish [4:59]
23. Late Walk [5:47]
24. End Credits [4:53]

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