It's 1918 Munich. The German army had suffered devastating losses and the country is struggling. Max Rothman (John Cusack) lost his arm in the war. He is a successful Jewish art dealer and Liselore von Peltz (Leelee Sobieski) is his mistress. Corporal Adolf Hitler (Noah Taylor) returns and tries to get Max to sell his work despite his closely held belief. He connects with other anti-Semites from the returning army.
This is a reimagining of a turning point in world history. It takes a little while to feel comfortable with the premise. My one big problem is Hitler's art. It is precise and rather heartless in real life. I don't know much about his drawings during the war but I doubt it would be dead bodies in the field. It's actually a great premise to open up his character. Imagine if he presents his architectural drawings of war ruins to Max who insists that he paints the soldiers. He would confront the ugliness and the humanity of the world. In a way, his art would help him confront his own world views. The movie proposes that Max forces him to dig deep and that solidifies his vision. I don't mind that but I rather have his art start at a different place. Also, Hitler has a bit too much internal conflict. It seems unHitlerlike. Overall, I like the reimagining premise but in the end, Hitler is an awfully hard man to like. This is hard to like.
Action / Drama / War
Action / Drama / War
Munich, 1918. German-Jew Max Rothman has returned to much of his pre-war life which includes to his wife Nina and their two children, to his mistress Liselore von Peltz, and to his work as an art dealer. He has however not returned to being an aspiring painter as he lost his dominant right arm during the war. He is approached by an aspiring painter, a thirty-year old Austrian war veteran named Adolf Hitler, who wants him to show his works. Although he doesn't think the paintings are all that original and he doesn't really like Hitler as a person, Rothman takes Hitler under his wings if only because of their camaraderie of being war veterans, and knowing that Hitler had nothing and no one to come back to after the war unlike himself. Rothman believes that Hitler has promise if only he can find his original artistic point of view. In part out of need for money, Hitler, on the urging of Captain Karl Mayr, agrees to work for the army as a political spokesman in anti-Semitic propaganda. Slowly, Hitler's view becomes a holistic one of a new world, where he begins to meld his art and politics. Rothman becomes excited about Hitler's artistic viewpoint, despite its anti-Semitic bent. The question becomes if the sentiments behind the view will take over its artistic merit.
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