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Biography of Martin Luther, the 16th-century priest who led the Christian Reformation and opened up new possibilities in exploration of faith. The film begins with his vow to become a monk, and continues through his struggles to reconcile his desire for sanctification with his increasing abhorrence of the corruption and hypocrisy pervading the Church's hierarchy. He is ultimately charged with heresy and must confront the ruling cardinals and princes, urging them to make the Scriptures available to the common believer and lead the Church toward faith through justice and righteousness. Written by
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In the scene where Luther comes across the dead peasants, they are all visibly breathing. See more »
[giving a lecture]
When I became a monk I believed the monk's cowl would make me holy. Was I an arrogant fool? Now they have made me a doctor of divinity and I am tempted to believe that this scholar's robe will make me wise.
Well, God once spoke through the mouth of an ass, and...
Perhaps he is about to do so again. But...
[leaves his rostrum and starts walking around in the classroom. The students follow him very interested with their eyes]
I will tell you straight what I ...
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Luther biography based on true events about the reformer monk
The film is a biopic concerning the Agustinian monk (1483-1546) Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes) . His life and the famous deeds from how was orchestrated the Protestant Reform are the following : He becomes a good priest and is going to Rome . There he buys indulgences for his grandfather , but he sees the reality , a corrupt Rome with the selling the indulgences to finance the basilica of San Pedro built by Leo X and previously begun by Clemente VII and Julio II . He returns to Germany where his preceptor (Bruno Ganz) sends him to Wittemberg to doctorate himself in theology studies . There preaches John Tetzel (Alfred Molina), a dreadful inquisitor . But his point of view about the Catholic church has changed and he rebels and nails himself the 95 Thesis on the door of the church . The Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, in the Holy Roman Empire, where the Ninety-Five Theses famously appeared . Luther's Theses argued that the sale of indulgences was a gross violation of the original intention of confession and penance, and that Christians were being falsely told that they could find absolution through the purchase of indulgences . He rejected the Pope authority , the Saints cult , the celibacy and to practice mass . Luther along with Melanchton (Rudolph) starts the Protestant Reform . The printing press has been recently invented by Guttemberg and the Luther's ideas are quickly printed and spread everywhere as the written books titled ¨The captivity of Babilony¨, ¨The freedom of Christians¨ and ¨ The confession of Ausburg (1530)¨. Pope Leo X (Uwe Ochsenknecht) threats to Luther on ex-communion but he refuses to recant . He finally gets the ex-communion by Bulla ¨Exsurge Domine¨ but he burns it in the public square of Wittemberg . He is appointed in Worms (1521) with the presence of the emperor Charles V (Liebrech) but he doesn't regret . Prince Frederick of Xaxony (Peter Ustinov) keeps him in his castle of Wartburgo . There Martin translates the Bible into German language for ordinary people understand the New Testament . The common people follows the Martin's lectures and accuse to Catholic Church of their penury , burning churches and palaces . Meanwhile , Luther meets an ex-nun named Katherina Von Bora (Claire Cox) and marries her . The emperor summons all the German princes for confronting the Luthero's doctrine . The princes encourage and facing off emperor , they stand up against Charles V . The Luther's thesis have won in spite of the princes were defeated in Mulberg (1547) and they signed the treatise of Ausburg .
In the film appears famous historic characters who are well performed by a sensational plethora of British and German actors as Ralph Fiennes (Shakespeare in love) , Bruno Ganz (Hitler in The Downfall), Alfred Molina (Diego Rivera in Frida) and in his last film , Peter Ustinov (recently deceased , he was the immortal Nero in Quo Vadis) . The motion picture gets a colorful cinematography by Robert Frasse , an atmospheric , evocative musical score by Richad Harvey and is rightly directed by Eric Till . Devotees of the history will love this movie which is a fine tribute to Martin Luther .
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