D: Menno Meyjes
Lionsgate/Pathé/Alliance Atlantis/UK Film
Council/Kinowelt/Aconit/H2O (Andras Hamori)
W: Menno Meyjes
DP: Lajos Koltai
Ed: Chris Wyatt
Mus: Dan Jones
PD: Ben Van Os
John Cusack (Max Rothman), Noah Taylor (Adolf Hitler), Molly
Parker (Nina Rothman), Leelee Sobieski (Liselore), Ulrich Thomsen (Capt. Mayr)
Set in the days following the end of World War I, when Germany
is still reeling from defeat and suffering the political implications of the conflict, a Jewish arts dealer strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Adolf Hitler, in-between his career as
an artist and politician.
The film does flirt with Hitler's anti-Semitic outlook without
fully exploring it, and does seem to hint at it escalating due to their dematerialising friendship.
Good performances really hold the movie together, especially
from Noah Taylor, who would go on to play Der Führer in a television show a few years later. A special mention also has to go to Ben Van Os, for his excellent production design which captures the
period with an air of animosity creeping in, just as the fascist regime did at the time.