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Luther (2003)

Heretics, Revolutionaries, and Reformers: A Film Series

Monday, October 30, 2017, 7:00pm

IU Cinema

Luther tells the story of a courageous monk who risked prison, death, and eternal damnation to defy a powerful church. This classic rendition of the story of Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant Reformation, stars Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), who portrays Luther as a romantic hero, inspired by crippling doubt as well as revolutionary zeal. Beautifully photographed by Robert Frazier (Seven Years in Tibet), the movie explores the personal as well as the historical drama of religious reform. (HD Presentation)

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses on the door at Wittenberg—an act of dissent that is often taken as inaugurating the Protestant Reformation—this series tells four stories of religious dissidents, reformers, and revolutionaries in the centuries surrounding Luther’s catalytic act. Each of these films engages the dangers of speaking out against or trying to reform powerful political or religious institutions. These films depict the fluid relations between marginalized figures and centers of power and between the sometimes conflicting authorities of law and of conscience. And each story invites us to consider what might be at stake in speaking one’s conscience, critiquing authorities, articulating dissent, calling for reform, or challenging the status quo—not only in the pre-modern world but also, perhaps, in our own. Films in the series include Becket (1964), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Luther (2003), and La Passion de Jean D’Arc (1928).

This series is sponsored by The Medieval Studies Institute, The Renaissance Studies Program, the Departments of Religious Studies and English, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, and IU Cinema.