Luther
- Joseph Fiennes

Overview - Spiritual conviction and radical politics define LUTHER, an historical biography which traces the life and career of Martin Luther, an inspired monk whose writings initiated the Protestant movement in 16th-century Germany. The film follows Luther's induction as a monk to his professorship in Wittenberg, where he eventually authors the 95 Theses.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Spiritual conviction and radical politics define LUTHER, an historical biography which traces the life and career of Martin Luther, an inspired monk whose writings initiated the Protestant movement in 16th-century Germany. The film follows Luther's induction as a monk to his professorship in Wittenberg, where he eventually authors the 95 Theses. Reacting against Roman-Catholic strategies of bartering salvation for coinage, as well as the institution's hierarchies of religious knowledge and power, Luther throws the proverbial wrench in the system with his seditious writings. His disgust with the Church is only balanced by his love of the scriptures, and he calls on both to defend himself in numerous battles with the Church, recreated with modern-day courtroom drama. The film employs tropes of the father and son, including Luther's relationships with his biological father, his spiritual mentor at the monastery, and God, all of which provide richer textures to the narrative. Populated with dusty, energetic peasants desperate for God and the statesmen who rule them--incidentally decked out in rich red robes or purple gowns--LUTHER rewards the aesthetic impulse with panoramic landscapes, vastly structured church interiors, myriad medieval paintings, and again, the costumes. Spirited in more ways than one, LUTHER provides a dramatic overview to the ultimate Protestant hero, whose radical politics and religious beliefs ushered in an entirely new era of faith and practice.

Cast List

Eric Till - Canadian Director
Richard Harvey - Composer, LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI (2003)
Brigitte Rochow - Producer, LUTHER (2003)
Jonathan Firth
Joseph Fiennes
Benjamin Sadler - American Actor
Peter Ustinov - Actor/Director/Screenwriter, SPARTACUS (1960)
Sir Peter Ustinov - Actor/Director/Screenwriter, SPARTACUS (1960)
Jochen Horst - ACTOR\"CEMENT GARDEN"
Claire Cox - Actor, LUTHER (2003)
Bart Gavigan - Screenwriter, LUTHER (2003)
Bruno Ganz - German actor, WINGS OF DESIRE
Camille Thomasson - Screenwriter, LUTHER (2003)
Alfred Molina - British actor SPIDER-MAN 2
Torbin Liebrecht - Actor, LUTHER (2003)
Robert Fraisse - DOP

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 113
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 027616906540
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: March 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Medieval
Politics
Religion
Theatrical Release
Christianity

 
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IN THEATRES: SEPTEMBER 26, 2003 (LIMITED)

Reviews:
"...One of the things it does best is capture the conviction of this iconoclast..." - 09/26/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C6


"...Vigorously thoughtful..." - 10/10/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.101


"...The film is an intelligent and absorbing mini-history of the Reformation..." - 11/01/2003 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.117


"...The most fun comes from the performance of grand old Sir Peter as Friedrich..." - 09/26/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.34

 
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