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Martin Luther (1953)

Biopic of German priest Martin Luther covering his life between 1505-1530 A.D. and the birth of the Protestant Reformation movement.

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Niall MacGinnis ...
John Ruddock ...
Pierre Lefevre ...
Guy Verney ...
Alastair Hunter ...
David Horne ...
Duke Frederick
Fred Johnson ...
Philip Leaver ...
Heinz Piper ...
Dr. Eck
Leonard White ...
Emissary
Egon Strohm ...
Cardinal Alexander
Annette Carell ...
Katherine von Bora (as Annette Carrell)
Alexander Gauge ...
Henry Oscar
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This biographical account of Martin Luther's actions that eventually created the Protestant and Lutheran religions was filmed in conjunction with the Lutheran Church. Niall MacGinnis portrays the monk who's nailing of his list of 95 theses to the church door in Worms created a stir so large that it shook the very foundations of the Catholic Church. This film shows the struggle between Luther and the organized church and how the Catholic Church was not fully explaining things he questioned, which led him to be labeled a heretic. Written by Anonymous

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25 October 1954 (Sweden)  »

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The music was composed by Mark Lothar and performed by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. See more »

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Version of Martin Luther (1983) See more »

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Looking at the life of Luther from a very Lutheran perspective
15 March 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

There are quite a few films about Martin Luther, though this one is unusual because it was produced by the Lutheran Church--not Hollywood or some other secular group. Not surprisingly, when I grew up a Lutheran, this is the version they occasionally showed at church functions. Also, not surprisingly, it's filled with church doctrine and other teachings that you won't get in a Hollywoodized version of the life of this church leader.

At times the film is very much like a documentary in style--with narration and explanation of Luther's inner torments when he began having doubts about his Catholic faith. You see a slightly less human side to Niall MacGinnis' characterization of Luther--more the authoritarian and scholarly in nature and fewer insights into his personal life. Considering the film's goal is to elevate this made to greatness as the leader of the faith, it does a very good job in inspiring the masses and putting across many of the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism. Very well made and well worth seeing.


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