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Luther

stage to screen • dysfunctional family • faith & spirituality
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Luther compresses nearly two decades into a provocative character study that parallels Martin Luther's deepening religious dilemmas with the irresolvable earthly anxieties that shaped his beliefs and his rebellious search for truth. We're introduced to Luther as a young monk in 1506, as he defends his vows to his jealous and disapproving father. But as Luther's religious commitment deepens, his faith in an increasingly commercialised, politicised, and spiritually empty Papacy atrophies until, having preached against the medieval Catholic Church's hypocrisy, he is called to account by the very bishops he must denounce. Directed by former cinematographer Guy Green, graceful camerawork explodes the restricting theatrical proscenium without violating the unity of John Osbourne's original play.

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