Luther Film Review
December 10, 2010
RELEASED: October 30, 2003
DIRECTED BY: Eric Till
SCREENWRITERS: Camille Thomasson & Bart Gavigan
MUSIC: Richard Harvey
MAIN ACTORS: Joseph Fiennes (MARTIN LUTHER), Alfred Molina (JOHN TETZEL),
Uwe Ochsenknecht (POPE LEO X), Marco Hofschneider (ULRICK), Benjamin Sadler
(SPALATIN), Claire Cox (KATHARIN VON BORA), Gene Reed (FREDERICK OF SAXONY) The film, Luther, is set during the period of 1450 to 1750 but more specifically in the 1500’s. This is during the reign of Charles V who is the Holy Roman Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The Holy Roman Empire encompasses the Latin West and its official religion is Catholicism. Pope Leo X is the head of the Catholic Church at this time and is considered an equal to Charles V since he possesses great power over the Catholic Church. This film is chronologically-set during the Reformation and at the end of the Renaissance.
The influences of the Renaissance can be seen through the people, arts and the architecture. The gothic-architectural designs and styles are depicted in the construction of Saint Peter’s Basilica Cathedral. Its construction is led by Pope Leo X in order to increase his papal power and promote Catholicism in the whole empire.
The main characters are Martin Luther, Charles V and Pope Leo X. Martin Luther who is a German monk strongly opposes the paying of indulgences to the Catholic Church. He also criticizes the acts and responsibilities of the papacy, Pope Leo X and the church. As a result of his opposition and critics, Luther becomes a threat to Pope Leo X and Charles V. Charles V is the Holy Roman Emperor and of the noble class. His strong support for the Pope and the Catholic Church makes him a protagonist to Martin Luther.
After Luther goes for theological studies at Wittenberg, his views towards God change. He starts to preach of the love and God and soon he