Item description for Martin Luther: Martin Luther's Protest Changed the Course of History by Gateway Films...
Overview The dramatic black and white classic film of Martin Luther's life made in the 1950's. This film was originally released in theaters worldwide and nominated for an Academy Award. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reforming efforts. This film traces Luther's life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Church. This film, in spite of its age, continues to be a popular resource to introduce Luther?s life.
SPECIAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION includes: The making of the film and biographies of the actors Includes Portuguese, Spanish, Korean and German tracks with English subtitles Full color tour of Luther sites Chapter titles for easy access
DVD Features: Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Korean Subtitles: English Viewing Format: Fullscreen, Black and White Bonus Materials: - Biography of a Film with Robert E. A. Lee - Bios and photos of the actors and production personnel - Full-color tour of Luther sites - Chapter titles for easy scene access
Publishers Description The dramatic black and white classic film of Martin Luther's life made in 1952. This film was originally released in theaters worldwide and nominated for two Academy Awards. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding 16th century society that resulted in his historic reforming efforts. This film traces Luther's life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Church. This film, in spite of its age, continues to be a popular classic to introduce Luther's life.
Special 50th Anniversary Edition includes: -- The full length film -- The story of the making of the film -- Biography consisting of many features not available before, including a documentary history with Robert E. A. Lee, retired head of the Lutheran Film Associates. -- Language options offer viewers their choice of English, Spanish, Portuguese, German. Also, it is subtitled in English. -- A trip to historic Luther sites including breathtaking color views of Wittenberg, Eisenach, Worms, the Wartburg, and Augsburg. -- Photos, background information, credits for producer, director, writer and leading actors.
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Actors: Drama, Alexander Gauge, David Horne, Alastair Hunter, Fred Johnson
Format: Black & White, DVD, NTSC
Language: English, German, Spanish
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Vision Video
Running Time: 105.00 minutes
Record Label Vision Video
Format Black & White / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.1" Width: 1.94" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Aug 27, 2002
Publisher Vision Video\Gateway Films
Edition Revised and The
ISBN 1563646234 ISBN13 9781563646232 UPC 727985004990
Reviews - What do customers think about Martin Luther (50th Anniversary Edition)?
The Best Nov 29, 2005
This is the best Luther biography, within the limitations of a motion picture. It has been criticized as being "pious," but, given the subject matter, that would seem to be appropriate. It has also been criticized for being in chronological order, but then most of our lives seem to run that way! The theological issues are there - including Luther's problems with his original works-righteousness, the cupidity of the Roman hierarchy and the excesses of the Schwaermer. There are subtleties - his confessor who despairs over him and sees nothing ahead of him (Luther) but the cross. The mature Luther would have agreed wholeheartedly with that (in a different way). The current Fiennes version has too many warm and fuzzy side-themes. (Its producers were reportedly interested in making a movie that did not concentrate too much on religion (!!)). Sometimes it's a little difficult to let a motion picture assume one's imagination, especially if the actors have other baggage. Joseph Fiennes made a movie ("Killing Me Softly"), described as an "erotic thriller," the year before. (For that matter, Jennifer Jones got the lead in "The Song of Bernadotte" because she was David Selznick's paramour). The actors in the 1953 "Martin Luther" didn't have those associations.
Heresy? So be it. It is still the truth. Jun 4, 2005
MARTIN LUTHER reminds me of the kind of movies they'd show us in junior high history classes. It's one of those `great events in the lives of the great" type movies, leapfrogging from one pivotal moment (Luther abandons his study of law to join an Augustan monastery) to another (nailing of the 95 theses on the door), more or less abandoning the subject's private life to our imagination. Irish actor Niall MacGinnis imparts the right amount of pious determination to the title character - he's quite good - the German locations are convincing and I assume the movie makers got the chronology correct. I don't believe I know that much more about Luther than I did before I watched this movie, although MARTIN LUTHER clarified and focused the issues - Luther's rebellion stemmed from the Catholic Church's abuse of indulgences, his belief in the supreme authority of Scripture, his emphasis on faith over doctrine. MacGinnis plays Luther as a man of strength, while the movie hints about the edges at Luther's spiritual agony (there's an early scene that indicates, rather than demonstrates, that Luther may have practiced self-flagellation in the cloister) while glossing over most events in his life that aren't directly related to his conflicts with Rome. Events like his marriage, which is reenacted although largely unexplored. An uncomplicated introduction to a complex figure, MARTIN LUTHER held my attention throughout. If not a classic, it's certainly an amusing 100-minutes or so. Strong recommendation.
Lutheran Produced View of Luther, Not Quite Luther Apr 5, 2005
The movie itself is entertaining, in that black-and-white, scratched-and-uneven, documentary film sense. A Christian nee Bergonian would be pleased (if such could be). However, reading Luther's writings makes any fiction about his life seem a simplification, yea, a distortion (and fiction this is).
Some statements from Luther's character (such as, "You have laid hands on the crucifix, which could help someone in their faith.") will make any good Protestant question a repeat showing.
It's what you might imagine from the Lutherans, Luther being the runner-up to Christ in their estimation, if not higher. If you watch it too many times you might form a false impression of Luther. READ HIS BOOKS INSTEAD!
Words are for believers; images for heretics.
A movie I like, and I am not a Lutherean Mar 13, 2005
I like this movie a lot, and I am not a Lutherean. It seems to me a very nice movie about how Christians would normally act given the situation. I puzzled over the last reviewers review, and why he seems to think this is a hero worshiship movie or something, and think I have come to the crust of the difference. Not everyone feels that this is the normal, God given way to act, and therefore specutacular. I disagree.
For me, it is a good heart warming movie. It clearly differentiates the differences between the Christian and catholic faiths, and while I believe there are some problems with Luther's doctrines, none of that is in the movie, therefore, it leads no one astray. I believe any non-catholic would enjoy this movie, because what it does emphasis is common to all Christians.
FYI: I found out recently that this movie was sucessfully banned by the Catholic church from airing on television in Chicago when it first came out.
Early film on Luther Dec 12, 2004
Simple and low-budget by today's standards, this black and white film still has its charms and a great deal of nostalgia for anyone who saw it in sunday school in the last few decades. Thomas Tappert (translator of the Book of Concord for Fortress Press) was a consultant for the film. Niall MacGinnis has some facial resemblance to Luther and plays him sounding a bit like Anthony Hopkins. I was surprised to hear his British accent at first but MacGinnis ends up being convincing. Much of the film follows a historical/chronological progression pattern ("a" happened, then "b," then "c," etc.) and is sometimes too intent on being a pious history lesson rather than a fascinating drama. It could have spent more time on the more human aspects of Luther - his love of music and family, his personal spiritual struggle which led to his insights, etc. You can almost see the producers making sure that the script ensured years of rentals from churches and sunday schools. I'm not complaining too much, though. I am Lutheran and love having a filmed life of one of my heroes on dvd. I have a feeling that this may make the rounds of sunday schools again now that it is on dvd. And that is just fine with me.