The Max in question is Max Rothman (John Cusack), an amalgam of various art dealers and teachers who mentors the young Corporal Hitler (Noah Taylor) in the ways of art. Max himself is an artist too (an early performance artist, it seems, based on a bizarre skit seemingly inspired by Pink Floyd: The Wall) and sees potential in the young Adolf, urging him on while watching him grow more political as forces turn him in the direction he ultimately took. Their relationship is complicated by the fact that Max is a Jew (not to mention a one-armed cripple), the hatred of which becomes the centerpiece of Hitler's ideology.
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Solomon sells fabric and women's clothing door to door. Gaenor is the prim and very Christian daughter of a mining family in a nearby village. Inexplicably, Gaenor is unable to discern from Solomon's mass of curly black hair and occupation in the textile business that he is Jewish, and they soon develop a lusty relationship, replete with hay-rolling booty calls in a local barn.
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