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Martin Lutero


2003, regia di Eric Till


Scheda: Nazione: Germania - Produzione: Eikon Film, NFP Teleart, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans - Distribuzione: Metacinema, United International Pictures, R.S. Entertainment Inc. Soggetto: Camille Thomasson, Bart Gavigan - Sceneggiatura: Camille Thomasson, Bart Gavigan - Fotografia: Robert Fraisse - Montaggio: Clive Barrett - Art Direction: Ralf Schreck, Christian Schäfer, Vaclav Vohlídal - Scenografia: Rolf Zehetbauer - Costumi: Ulla Gothe - Musiche: Richard Harvey - Effetti speciali: CA Scanline Production, Die Nefzers, R.S.G. - Formato: Color - Durata: 113'.

Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina, Bruno Ganz, Jonathan Firth, Peter Ustinov, Claire Cox, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Benjamin Sadler, Jochen Horst, Torben Liebrecht, Mathieu Carrière, Marco Hofschneider, Maria Simon, Herb Andress, Lars Rudolph, James Babson, Christopher Buchholz, Jeff Caster, Cesare Cremonini, Doris Prusova, Anatole Taubmann, Jens Winter, Michael Cella.




Trama e commenti: - - - - «Il film racconta la vita, tra i 18 e i 46 anni, del prete tedesco di Wittenberg, Martin Lutero, che si ribellò all’ipocrisia e alla corruzione della Chiesa cattolica del '500. L’attore si è presentato nella sala stampa della Bavaria Film Studio con saio, capelli corti a caschetto, tonsura da penitente e sguardo spiritato. L’immedesimazione con il grande riformatore è evidente, ora c’è da sperare non si tratti di un atto di pentimento per i 25 milioni di dollari spesi dalla produzione».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - allmovie: «The life of one of the controversial figures in the history of modern religion is brought to the screen in this historical biography. Born in 1483, Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes) was an intelligent and principled young man who was studying law in early 16th century Germany when a close brush with death led him to follow a spiritual path and join a Catholic monastery. Under the guidance of Johann von Staupitz (Bruno Ganz), Luther became a valued member of the monastery's hierarchy, and as a sign of his trust, von Staupitz asked Luther to join him for a voyage to Rome as part of church business. Luther was appalled by the corrupt practices of the leading church officials, in particular the sale of "indulgences," in which the wealthy could purchase forgiveness for a wide variety of sins. Luther left the monastery to study theology in Wittenberg; a keen student, he later became a professor and won the support of Frederick the Wise (Peter Ustinov), who also recognized the potential controversy of Luther's iron principles. When a new pope, Leo X, assumes the throne at the Vatican, he orders the construction of St. Peter's Basilica. To pay the costs, an ambitious monk, Johann Tetzel (Alfred Molina), was sent out to sell indulgences to both the wealthy and the poor, leaving his audiences with little doubt of the eternal consequences that awaited those who did not empty their purses. An infuriated Luther wrote an angry essay on the corruption of the church entitled "95 Theses," and thanks to the recent invention of the printing press, Luther's words were soon circulated throughout Europe, leading to an angry conflict with Catholic officials which threatened to tear the church in two. Luther also features supporting performances from Claire Cox as Katharina von Bora and Jonathan Firth as Girolamo Aleandro» (Mark Deming).

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