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Luther the Film
By Mercedes Janecek
Luther is a film directed by Eric Till about the life of an Augustinian Monk, Martin Luther, starring Joseph Fiennes. It follows the Protestant Reformation of the Catholic Church sparked by Martin Luther’s 95 theses. The Film

* Luther was directed by Eric Till
* Produced by Brigitte Rochow, Christian P. Stehr and Alexander Theis * Starring Joseph Fiennes As Martin Luther
* Luther was released on the 30th of October, 2003
* The budget of Luther was €21,000,000 (estimated
* Luther was set in the 16th century
* Running time is 118 minutes
* Languages used include: English and Latin
* Filming locations include: Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic Cast
Martin Luther: Joseph Fiennes
John Tastzel: Alfred Molina
Girolamo Aleander: Jonathan Firth
Katharina Von Bora: Clair Cox
Fredrick of Saxony: Peter Ustinov
Johann Von Staupiz: Bruno Ganz
Pope Leo X: Uwe Ochsenknecht
Cardinal Cajetan: Mathieu Carriere
Spalatin: Benjamin Sadler
Charles V: Torbin Liebercht
Ulrick: Marco Hofschneider

The Protestant Reformation and the 95 Theses
Luther, the film, was based on the Protestant Reformation. The Protestant Reformation was sparked by the 95 Theses written by Martin Luther. The Protestant Reformation was a large group of movements and acts to change the corrupted ways of the Catholic Church in the early 16th century. On the 31st of October 1517, Martin Luther Nailed His 95 Theses a German church door and sent Germany into a state of disorientation and contradiction about the Catholic Church. Luther’s writings were spread all though Europe because of the printing press. This was one of the newest inventions for this time period. Many copies were made of the 95 Theses and this spread the word of Luther’s actions. Luther’s writings became so iconic because the theses were not only written in German (the local man’s tongue) not Latin, the theses was transcribed into a cartoon like script to motivate the illiterate as shown in the film. Many didn’t agree with Luther’s 95 theses however many knew that if Germany supported Luther’s writings it would be have positive effect on the German economy as the money would stop being exported to Rome from the selling of indulgences and be kept in Germany. This is the main reason that the higher German authorities supported Luther. This was not expressed in the film as the produces or director may of though a popular movement would be more enjoyable and likable to watch than a political movement. The film made the Protestant Reformation seem as if Luther and his opinion and writings were the only event that influences the Protestant Reformation although in actual fact many other protestors have an influence on the event. One if these Protestors were Jan Huss who was a Czechoslovakian reformer who was burnt at the stake for his input into the reformation of the Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia. The Protestant reformation unfortunately ended in a series of wars between much of Europe however changed religion and history for many countries within continent.

Martin Luther
Martin Luther was born on 10 November 1483 in Eisleben. Luther studied law at the University of Erfurt in insistence of his father and in 1505 decided to join a monastic order and become an Augustinian Monk after a close brush with death. He was appointed in 1507, began teaching at the University of Wittenberg and in 1512 was made a doctor of Theology. In 1510 he visited Rome on behalf of a number of Augustinian monasteries, and was appalled by the corruption he found there. Luther became increasingly angry about the clergy selling 'indulgences'. On 31 October 1517, he published his '95 Theses', attacking papal abuses and the sale of indulgences and even extending it to people rights in the church.

Historical Accuracy of the Film
Although Luther the film is follows the life of Martin Luther and his impute in the Protestant...
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