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A chronicle which charts the dramatic life story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian who offered one of the first clear voices of resistance to Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer openly challenged his Church to stand with the Jews in their time of need, and eventually joined his family in the plots to kill Hitler. His three books, "Cost of Discipleship," "Letters and Papers from Prison," and "Ethics," were all written during the struggle, and are considered classics in the world of religion
Jun 20, 2003 Limited
Apr 20, 2004
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There is more to the philosophy and faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer than a 90-minute documentary can begin to cover, but this is a powerful and timely introduction.
Though we get little sense of Bonhoeffer the man, the film remains a fascinating account of the evolution of his revisionist thought, which led to a theological justification of collective and, if necessary, violent resistance to tyranny.
Bonhoeffer is PBS-dry at times, but its portrait of a latter-day martyr is undeniably poignant and thought-provoking.
Whatever form the movie takes, it's right and fitting that such a life gets our attention.
There is both spiritual and historical substance in the things said, and such obvious reverence for the subject, that the film ultimately has a charming charmlessness.
Today's church needs Bonhoeffer's example and teaching, and Doblmeier's project makes a worthy contribution to our understanding of this great man.
Bonhoeffer doesn't probe as deeply as one might like into the details and implications of his theology, but is an invaluable study of a man of conscience.
To its credit, the film examines Bonhoeffer's life and thought in an expressly theological light [His ideas] are as integral to the portrait as his resistance work.
Bonhoeffer follows the life of one prominent churchman as he develops an ethics to nourish the anti-Nazi resistence.
A solid and respectable piece about a man of enormous integrity and courage.
With this much intrigue and planning, passion and conviction, political and religious controversy, this story should have been riveting, but it's not.
Director Martin Doblmeier has assembled an impressive array of archival material and recent interviews.
When its subject is as fascinating as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a movie doesn't need bells and whistles.
"Bonhoeffer" is a sometimes-fascinating piece of historical work, especially for the amateur scholars interested in all things about the rise and fall of the Nazis, but loses steam when it shifts to the courageous, bland life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
The documentary "Bonhoeffer" is certainly interesting due to its subject, but not very cinematic or emotionally engaging
It's hard to point to anything Bonhoeffer did or said that would merit the lionization he receives in Bonhoeffer.
Provides both a viewpoint on and images of the period unlike those of other films on the Third Reich era.
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