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Joseph Fiennes , Bruno Ganz , Eric Till    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Like The Passion of the Christ, Luther is the story of a spiritual leader, German monk Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), in opposition to the religious orthodoxy of the time (in his case, the 1600s). His goal--to bring God to the people and to take money, fear, and shame out of the equation--made him a reformer to some, a heretic to others. Released around the same time as Mel Gibson's blockbuster, it failed to attract the same degree of attention--or controversy. Granted, it's a different film, but not radically so. Directed by Eric Till (Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace), Luther isn't always easy to follow or as emotionally involving as it could be. That said, it's a fascinating story and Fiennes receives solid support from Alfred Molina (Frida), Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire), and the late Sir Peter Ustinov (Spartacus), in his final film role, as Frederick the Wise. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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4.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant surprise Feb. 20 2005
I heard nothing about this movie before I saw it and wasn't expecting much, given a lot of bad historical movies recently. But this is a really first rate telling of the historical events that sparked the Reformation. Not only that, it is a beautifully filmed and well-acted movie. The sets were magnificent and captured the period perfectly. I thought Joseph Fiennes too slight and reserved to play the stocky, robust Luther, and I suppose the one thing I missed was a sense of Luther's earthiness. But his acting in other respects was superb. He was, however, outshone by Peter Ustinov's Frederick the Wise, who was, well, wise. The movie succeeds in portraying a complex relationship between Luther and Frederick. I am not sure how historically accurate this is, but it is very believable. As for representing the complex issues that led Luther to do what he did, the movie succeeded in that as well. While the Peasant's Revolt was covered a little superficially I suppose that is inevitable given the time restrictions of a two hour movie. The producers would have needed a mini-series to do that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping & Compelling Movie June 1 2010
Luther is one of the best Christian movies I have seen. I don't know what the budget was but it looks great. The cast are superb, real quality actors and it shows. I know a certain amount about Luther but certainly not as much as some of the other reviewers on here. However, purely as a movie I'd definately recommend this. The story doesn't drag, you are gripped throughout and Joseph Fiennes is compelling to watch. Some other Christian products I'd recommend:

Godstone - The Kairos Boxes

Chasing The Dragon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie March 11 2009
By klr4evr
I too picked this movie up in the rental shop not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it and won't bore you with repeating what the other reviewers have already said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super April 11 2013
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J'ai déjà vu ce film et il est excellent, c'est pourquoi je l'ai acheté......je le recommande à tous mais particulièrement aux chrétiens qui veulent en savoir plus sur les origines de la réforme
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reformation Saint Feb. 22 2006
Luther is a remarkable film in many ways. One disclaimer should be made -- this is not a documentary, in which the standard phrase about scenes being created or adapted for dramatic purposes would be made. No such disclaimer is given here, but the serious observer watching for history as well as entertainment should be warned not to accept everything at face value.
The performances are solid, occasionally stunning. Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in 'Shakespeare in Love') does an exceptional job portraying Germany's turbulent priest, whose search for knowledge and personal salvation leads him to question all around him. The action moves quickly in the film, collapsing complex historical and theological items into almost single-issue ciphers for clarity in the film -- one might be forgiven for coming away from the film believing that Luther tacked up a declaration of 1 Thesis rather than 95 Theses, and that the Roman church was corrupt entirely. The tension within the church is alluded to in a few spots (the cardinal who hopes for a pope who will save the church, etc.), but by and large, the Roman church is portrayed with a broad brush as evil.
The scenes in which the peasants revolt and the people take Luther's messages to extremes are dramatically produced and emotionally moving without being gruesome or needlessly gory. The complexities of the people's wavering support for Luther, and Luther's occasional collaborations against the people, are similarly glossed over.
Fiennes is shown in a few points preaching to the people, as a priest and as a street leader -- Luther was known to be an effective preacher and teacher, and this comes across here.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Region 2 DVD - not encoded for North America Oct. 5 2014
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I love this movie and thus I was saddened when I received my copy that it was a region 2 DVD and thus would not play in my region 1 player. There was no indication on the page that this was encoded for Europe rather than North America - a bit of information that would have made all the difference. Sorry to give out a bad review, but that is information that MUST be listed when selling a DVD like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars based on Erik Erikson ... July 30 2005
The film script authors Camille Thomasson and Gavigan gave the statement, that they tried to be based on the psychobiography (written 1958), in which the scientist Erik H. Erikson analyzed the development and the identity crisis of the human being Martin Luther. Erikson had studied under the eyes of the daughter of Sigmund Freud, Anna. Erikson showed in his famous book, how the rage of Luther against his father developed a rage against church-authorities as well. The fire 1517 AD spread and half of Germany went into a battle against the Pope and his followers in Rome. Many blood was shed. The effect: the right to own an individuality reached acceptance against the usual habit of too much patience and submissiveness. That was the inner drive of the Renaissance's cultural evolution. One can find the origins of this emotional-based idea, that it should be necessary, to reach more independence against the educational usage of that time: The father of Martin Luther very often practiced corporal punishment against his son. Luther tried to set an end to those legal, hierarchical and anti-democratic behaviour attitudes. It was a fight against oppression. An example on which later on the human rights, the constitutional laws of modern states have been developed - spreading the idea not only to church patterns, but bringing it just as well to the basis of democracies all over the world too. Luther has build a thinking-street, on which later on the french revolution or the birth of modern societies could grow. But at first there was the fortitude of a son, who felt the strength in his soul, to make the things different to that way his father (and other authorities) wanted him to go. If you want to know more about this difficult route to find into an individual horizon of life, then read the book of Erik Erikson, on which the film-makers are based ...
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