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(2003)

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Anachronisms 

In the movie Luther quotes the Bible by chapter, and verse. Versification of the Scriptures was not added until five years after Luther's death in 1546. The French scholar-printer Estienne introduced verse numbering and divisions in his Greek-Latin New Testament in 1551. In 1552 he printed a French-Latin New Testament, also with the verse divisions. And in 1553 he printed a French translation of the Bible with verse divisions throughout. Within the same decade the system of verse divisions spread widely, influenced by the adoption of this system in the Geneva Bibles.
When Frederick the Wise is directing Spalatin on how to respond to the summons for Luther from the Cardinal, he talks about letting the "inertia" of the situation take its course. Presumably this conversation takes place on, or around, 1518 (and certainly before the Diet of Worms in 1521), however, the term "inertia" was first used by Johannes Kepler in works published from 1618 to 1621 nearly 100 years later.
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When the sacbuts (an early form of a trombone) are playing, one of the sacbuts has a spit valve (or water key) on the end of the slide. Spit valves were not invented until after the 1870's. Also, that sacbut is gold lacquered, which was not done to these instruments at that time.
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Continuity 

The film takes place over the course of three decades. However, none of the characters show any signs of aging, including Luther and the youthful German emperor.
The position of Emperor Charles V's right hand changes between shots from his face and to his chair when he is on the throne.
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After Tetzel burns his hand in the fire, the long shots show him raise both his hands and the burn is gone.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Tetzel and others are burning Luther's work, you can hear a radio probably coming from the crew.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the scene where Luther comes across the dead peasants, they are all visibly breathing.
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During the Indulgence scene with Johann Tetzel, the camera cuts to a close up of the hand above the torch, where one can see the heat resistant gel on the (presumably the stunt double's) hand in the flame. It is most visible on the thumb.
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