Armed with little more than his beliefs and quick wit, Martin Luther, a young 16th century monk driven by outrage, confronts the Medieval Church. While he is not always cognizant of the far-reaching repercussions of his actions, he ultimately helps usher in the Reformation, fostering a new era of personal and religious freedoms.Publishers Description
Regional princes and the powerful church wield a fast, firm and merciless grip over 16th-century Germany. But when Martin Luther issues a shocking challenge to their authority, the people declare him their new leader - and hero. Even when threatened with violent death, Luther refuses to back down, sparking a bloody revolution that shakes the entire continent to its core."Community Description
by MGM Home Entertainment
Age(s): Young Adult - Mature Adult
Grade(s): High School - N/A
Luther covers the years of Martin Luther's life, from his days as a monk in the early 1500s to the proclamation of the Augsburg Confession in 1530. The film begins with Luther's vow to become a monk and continues through his effort to spread religious freedom throughout Europe. The film captures the historical setting and atmosphere of 16th century Germany and Italy, which will be enjoyed by people of all faiths.
Starring Joseph Fiennes. Directed by Eric Till. Rated PG-13.
DVD: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
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Record Label MGM (Video & DVD)
Format AC-3 / Closed-captioned / Color / Dolby
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.52" Width: 5.29" Height: 0.57"
Weight: 0.16 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Mar 17, 2015
Publisher WESSCOTT MARKETING
Availability 0 units.
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|Historically inaccurate, bowdlerized, romanticized, dull Mar 28, 2007|
|"Luther", a hagiographic biopic funded by the Lutheran church, succeeds in little more than telling us that Martin Luther was a Great Man. Although the cinematography is sumptuous and the actors compentent, it is, for the most part, historically inaccurate, dramatically dull and even surprisingly fails to give more than a cursory glance at Luther's main ideas. I can't see "Luther" appealing to anyone but die-hard Protestants and people who like boring movies. |
This movie presents us with a sensitive, matinee-idol Martin Luther, who befriends a young peasant mother and her crippled daughter, who defies the Church to bury a suicide on holy ground, and who- presumably- mends the broken wings of sparrows and heads the Greater Wittenberg district recycling program. This sentimentalized Luther is scandalized by the immorality of the Roman clergy and the sale of indulgences and so asserts a number of vague propositions of which the Catholic Church vehemently disapproves. (If one weren't already familiar with the history, they could easily miss what Luther actually stood for. I believe this movie allots one line each to the exposition of Sola Fide and Sola Scriptura). Luther refuses to recant, he translates the Bible into German, gets married and everyone lives happily ever after, except for some misguided peasants who get slaughtered after making the mistake of taking Luther at his word and interpreting the Bible for themselves. "Luther" may reinforce various self-congratulatory Protestant myths, but it does no service to history and truth. (Or cinema, for that matter.)
Although the modern Lutheran church is too ecumenical to really demonize Catholicism (as its founder was wont to do), this movie is full of many of the old legends invented out of whole cloth by Luther himself or his followers. We are supposed to believe that an Augustinian monk, an order renowned for its education and Biblical scholarship, never saw a Bible until he was in his 20s. We are also supposed to believe that Luther's German translation of the Bible was the first time the Scriptures were made available in the vernacular, when in fact there had been many German translations before his. The theology of indulgences is distorted and misrepresented, even in the dramatization of their (admitted) abuse. Minor fabrications include Luther's reason for joining a monastery (parental sadism, not a lightning-induced vow), his nailing of the 95 Theses to the church door (they were actually mailed to a Bishop), his dramatic assertion of "Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other"" (never spoken), and a vile blasphemy attributed to a thoroughly caricaturized Johann Tetzel.
Missing is the gutter-mouthed, fire-breathing, hate-filled man of violence who advocated the dispossession and enslavement of the Jews ( a stance that gave Hitler much ammunition) and the extermination of rebellious peasants and all religious groups that didn't follow his ideas (Catholics, Anabaptists, et al.) Far from representing the ideal of religious freedom, as the movie's epilogue states, Luther's revolution represented persecution, state control of the church and the vile doctrine of "Cuius regio, eius religio" (the faith of the ruler is the faith of the people.) As the nobility's rapacity made the Reformation possible in the first place, it was the state that was its main benefactor. We are also not shown the Martin Luther whose basic antinomianism and submissiveness to the nobility allowed him to connive in the bigamy of Phillip the Magnanimous. We also do not see the Luther who, when he inserted the word "alone" into Romans 3:28, edited Scripture to support his theology, when in fact the only place in the Bible where the words "faith alone" are to be found together is in James 2:24 where it says that it does_not_justify us. We do not see the Luther who removed 7 books from the Old Testament canon, and would have removed several other books, including Ecclesiastes, Esther, James, Hebrews, Jude & Revelation, had he the power. Nor does this movie show us the various lies Luther's own letters convict him of. If Luther had good points, he also had a dark side, and I'm not sure if the movie medium can properly capture the complexity. It's far easier to stitch together 113 minutes of set pieces and idol worship.
|Fascinating period in history. Mar 27, 2007|
|I'd always thought the Reformation began with Henry VIII's desire to divorce his first wife. Interesting movie.|
|LUTHER Mar 8, 2007|
|This movie touched me and my wife so dramatically. The thought of one man's unwillingness to compromise to man's immoral desires and seek after God's will no matter the cost and how we need to be the same type of instruments in today's society.|
I watch it over and over as a reminder of what perserverance can bring.
|GREAT MOVE OF GOD Mar 3, 2007|
|I LOVE THIS MOVIE ,I'VE WATCHED IT SEVERAL TIMES AND COME AWAY WITH SOMETHING DIFFERENT EACH.TIME .WELL MADE,GREAT ACTING!!!|
|Excellent Movie Feb 22, 2007|
|This is a great movie. I would highly recommend it and it also helped with my daughter understanding the Reformation in her history class in high school. We liked it so much we even purchased a copy for her history teacher. |
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