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Martin Luther

Martin Luther

Niall MacGinnis
Director: Irving Pichel Cast: Niall MacGinnis
Niall MacGinnis
, John Ruddock
John Ruddock
, Pierre Lefevre
Pierre Lefevre
Irving Pichel

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Virtually every Lutheran in America has seen Martin Luther during a church-basement screening. Niall McGinniss plays the title role, while the rest of the cast is an adroit mixture of professional actors, clerics and Biblical scholars. The film recounts Martin Luther's 16th-century break from Catholicism, his posting of the 95 theses, and his ultimate creation of the Protestant Movement. The dramatic highlight is Luther's "Here I stand" speech, straightforwardly directed by Irving Pichel (who also plays a supporting role). Filmed in West Germany, Martin Luther was a collaboration between Lutheran Productions Inc. and Louis de Rochemont associates. The film caused a minor brouhaha when its Chicago TV debut in 1956 was successfully blocked by the local Catholic Archdiocese.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2009
UPC: 0089859843426
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 73,704

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Niall MacGinnis Martin Luther
John Ruddock Vicar von Staupitz
Pierre Lefevre Spalatin
Guy Verney Melanchthon
Alastair Hunter Carlstadt
David Horne Duke Frederick
Freddy Johnson Prior
Philip Leaver Pope Leo X
Egon Strohm Cardinal Aleander
Alexander Gauge Tetzel
Irving Pichel Brueck
Leonard White Emissary
Annette Carell Katherine von Bora
Hans Lefebre Actor

Technical Credits
Irving Pichel Director
Joseph Brun Cinematographer
Louis de Rochemont Producer
Robert E.A. Lee Executive Producer
Mark Lothar Score Composer
Paul Markwitz Production Designer
Fritz Maurischat Production Designer
Allan Sloane Screenwriter
Lothar Wolff Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Martin Luther
1. Introduction [6:00]
2. Friar Luther [7:10]
3. Questioning Mind [11:19]
4. Wittenburg [8:47]
5. Rome [11:17]
6. Truth Thru Debate [8:33]
7. Stronghold [7:37]
8. Dissension [9:42]
9. Worms [8:34]
10. Heretic [8:00]
11. My Pulpit [8:36]
12. Declaration [10:19]

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