Martin Luther

Martin Luther

Director: Irving Pichel Cast: Niall MacGinnis, John Ruddock, Pierre Lefevre


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Virtually every Lutheran in America has seen Martin Luther during a church-basement screening. Niall McGinniss plays the title role, while the rest of the cast is an adroit mixture of professional actors, clerics and Biblical scholars. The film recounts Martin Luther's 16th-century break from Catholicism, his posting of the 95 theses, and his ultimate creation of the Protestant Movement. The dramatic highlight is Luther's "Here I stand" speech, straightforwardly directed by Irving Pichel (who also plays a supporting role). Filmed in West Germany, Martin Luther was a collaboration between Lutheran Productions Inc. and Louis de Rochemont associates. The film caused a minor brouhaha when its Chicago TV debut in 1956 was successfully blocked by the local Catholic Archdiocese.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2009
UPC: 0089859843426
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:43:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Niall MacGinnis Martin Luther
John Ruddock Vicar von Staupitz
Pierre Lefevre Spalatin
Guy Verney Melanchthon
Alastair Hunter Carlstadt
David Horne Duke Frederick
Freddy Johnson Prior
Philip Leaver Pope Leo X
Egon Strohm Cardinal Aleander
Alexander Gauge Tetzel
Irving Pichel Brueck
Leonard White Emissary
Annette Carell Katherine von Bora
Hans Lefebre Actor

Technical Credits
Irving Pichel Director
Joseph Brun Cinematographer
Louis de Rochemont Producer
Robert E.A. Lee Executive Producer
Mark Lothar Score Composer
Paul Markwitz Production Designer
Fritz Maurischat Production Designer
Allan Sloane Screenwriter
Lothar Wolff Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Martin Luther
1. Introduction [6:00]
2. Friar Luther [7:10]
3. Questioning Mind [11:19]
4. Wittenburg [8:47]
5. Rome [11:17]
6. Truth Thru Debate [8:33]
7. Stronghold [7:37]
8. Dissension [9:42]
9. Worms [8:34]
10. Heretic [8:00]
11. My Pulpit [8:36]
12. Declaration [10:19]

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Martin Luther 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This film (not the 2004 release) depicts a man who was searching for answers in scripture, and became convinced of what God expects of us. He was so much a scholar and so persistent, he translated the entire Bible into German so all the people could read it. He went on to write prolifically bout the scriptures and the church. The high point of this film is when he faces the judgment of the church and the Roman government and tells them that at whatever peril to himself, he cannot and will not recant any of his writings and statements. He was a model for all Christians. He stood on his convictions and with God's truth. Anyone interested in why the reformation took place should see this film. Luther was not the only reformer. There were others before and since, but Luther has his name branded on the Reformation. Calvin and others took Luther's lead and used his situation to further their own reformations. Luther broke the ice pack and opened the door!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago