Speculative biographies are a risky business, particularly when it comes to a
figure of such enormous historical consequence as Adolph Hitler. Writer Menno
Meyjes (THE COLOR PURPLE, THE SIEGE) makes his directorial debut with just
such a project: a fictionalized imagining of Hitler's life as, in the
aftermath of WWI, he attempts to establish himself as a painter while
refining the ideas that would later infect a nation. Were the two related?
Munich, 1918. Germany's humiliating defeat in the Great War has stirred deep
discontent among the populace, at the same time it excites new currents in
modern art. Artists such as George Grosz (Kevin McKidd) are br...