Armed with no more than faith and his quick wit, one man confronts the great powers of his day. Martin Luther's bold actions bring about an era of personal and religious freedoms unprecedented in history.
Spiritual conviction and radical politics define LUTHER, an historical biography which traces the life and career of Martin Luther (played convincingly by Joseph Fiennes), an inspired monk whose writings initiated the Protestant movement in 16th-century Germany. The film follows Luther's induction as a monk, his professorship in Wittenberg, where he eventually authors the 95 Theses, 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. Reacting against Roman-Catholic strategies of bartering salvation for coinage, as well as the institution's hierarchies of religious knowledge and power, Luther throws the proverbial wrench in the system with his seditious writings.
Rated PG 13, Region 1 DVD, two hours, wide screen, filmed in Germany and Italy, English and Spanish Subtitles
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