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Story of Martin Luther on silver screen this month

Luther (played by Joseph Fiennes) trembles while celebrating his first mass.

Luther (played by Joseph Fiennes) trembles while celebrating his first mass.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans helped bankroll the ambitious film venture.

A new motion picture about the life of Martin Luther will appear in theaters nationwide September 26. The film, “Luther,” was co-produced by Minneapolis-based Thri-vent Financial for Lutherans and Neue Filmproduktion of Berlin, Germany. The film will open in more than 300 theaters in 45 major markets.
Martin Luther, a German church reformer, wrote 95 Theses, a series of statements intended for scholarly debate, outlining disagreements with church doctrine and practice as it prevailed in the 1500s.
The film traces Luther’s life after he issued the 95 Theses (tradition says he nailed them to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, where he was a teacher). Shortly thereafter, the papacy put a bounty on his head, regarding Luther as dangerous.
“This film offers an entertaining, up-close look at Luther and his passion for truth,” said Dennis Clauss, co-executive producer of the movie and Thrivent Finan-cial for Lutherans’ church and community project lead-er. “The movie captures with historical integrity the magnitude of Martin Luther’s life, helping viewers understand his significance [for] the Lutheran faith and [for] world history.”
“Luther” was filmed on more than 100 sets in 20 locations in Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic. The production stars Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love,” “Enemy at the Gates”), Alfred Molina (“Frida,” “Chocolat”), and two-time Oscar winner Peter Ustinov (“Spartacus,” “Topkapi”).
More about the film “Luther” is posted on the Web at www.lutherthemovie.com.
This article was prepared by Jessica A. Crane for ELCA News.