A new film, "Luther: Rebel, Genius, Liberator," traces the life and struggle of Martin Luther and the start of the Christian Reformation movement. Joseph Fiennes plays Martin Luther. Other cast members include Alfred Molina, Jonathan Firth, Claire Cox, Sir Peter Ustinov, and Bruno Ganz.
"Luther" begins its tale in 1505, when young Martin is narrowly missed by a bolt of lightning. Taking this as a sign from God, he joins a monastery. Through his early life and the beginnings of his conflict with the Church, the film portrays Luther's famous (although possibly mythical) nailing of his 95 theses to the Wittenberg door in 1517. The story continues, tracing Luther's further dissent from the Church and his appearance before Emperor Charles V during the Diet of Worms. Luther returns to Wittenberg in 1522, and later marries (an act forbidden to Catholic priests) as he struggles to keep his nascent political movement from becoming a pawn of power seekers. Inquisited, excommunicated, revered, and reviled, Martin Luther changed, albeit reluctantly, the course of Western civilization.
The film's web site offers downloadable trailers, desktop wallpaper pictures, and detailed biographies of leading cast members and production staff.
Film home page: http://lutherthemovie.com/
Film trailer at Apple.com: http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/luther/
Martin Luther's 95 Theses (English): http://www.wittenberg.de/e/seiten/95thesen.html
Martin Luther's 95 Theses (Deutsch): http://www.wittenberg.de/seiten/95thesen.html
Wittenberg Church (multilingual site): http://www.wittenberg.de/
SCAtoday.net thanks Grizel for posting the trailer link on the Middlebridge.