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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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Heinz Piper ...
Dr. Eck
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Katherine von Bora (as Annette Carrell)
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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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"No man can command my conscience!" See more »


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25 October 1954 (Sweden)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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The film was never released in Quebec, Canada. At the time, Quebec's film censorship board (made up entirely of French-speaking Catholics) refused to approve the film to be shown in Quebec's movie theaters. Therefore, it could only be shown in the basements of Quebec's Protestant churches. 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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