The German Freedom was also released as Martin Luther -- but no matter what the title, the film invariably incurred the wrath (and censorship efforts) of Roman Catholics who still regarded the central character as a heretic. The film traces the life and work of Martin Luther, from his early years as a priest, through his posting of the 95 Theses, his "Here I stand!" declaration, and his ultimate break from the Catholic church. Luther's well-known ant-Semitism is, perhaps judiciously, not dwelt upon. Refreshingly down-to-earth, the film never depicts Luther as an icon, but as a normal human being, albeit passionately dedicated to his cause; accordingly, the film was not advertised as a religious epic but as a historical drama. Produced in the early 1920s, Freedom was distributed theatrically in the U.S. by the Lutheran Film Division.
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