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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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This biographical account of Martin Luther's actions that eventually created the Lutheran and Protestant denominations was filmed in conjunction with the Lutheran Church. Niall MacGinnis portrays the friar whose nailing of the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg created such a stir that it shook the very foundations of the medieval Church. This film shows the struggle between Luther and Rome, and how the medieval Church did not fully explain things he questioned, which led to him to be labeled a heretic. Written by Anonymous

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25 October 1954 (Sweden)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Because Erfurt, Elberback Cloister and Eltville Castle were located in Communist-held East Germany in 1953, the producers chose substitute filming locations in Western Germany. Maulbronn Cloister near Stuttgart was substituted for Erfurt. Various spots in Wittenberg substituted for other historical locations. The Wartburg Castle, the actual site where Luther translated the New Testament into German, was filmed from a distance since it was located in Communist East Germany. The Diet of Worms assembly hall had to be recreated in the studio since the real hall was destroyed in WW2. See more »

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Version of Martin Luther (1983) See more »

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Wonderfully-acted and produced masterpiece!
11 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This excellent film brings to life Luther's growing realization that the religion, to which he had dedicated his life, was flawed. His character is shown to mature in believable stages, culminating in acts of ferocious courage.

The costumes, sets and hairstyles were authentic and help transport the viewer to the past very effectively.

Luther's message and wisdom are amply portrayed and serve as a basis for anyone to examine their beliefs.

The film does not suffer from dating, even though it was made over 50 years ago. The black and white imagery imparts a sense of timelessness, worthy of the subject matter. The acting is, almost without exception, very natural and believable.


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