New Film Traces Life of Martin Luther

"Luther: Rebel, Genius, Liberator", a biography of Dr. Martin Luther, stars Joseph Fiennes in the title role and opens in theatres September 26. There is some historical doubt as to whether Martin Luther actually nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church in October of 1517. Yet there is not doubt of their existence, nor of their impact on Christianity.

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.

Related links:
Film home page:
Film trailer at
Martin Luther's 95 Theses (English):
Martin Luther's 95 Theses (Deutsch):
Wittenberg Church (multilingual site): thanks Grizel for posting the trailer link on the Middlebridge.