A Private War
Crazy Rich Asians
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The documentary still works as an introduction to a thinker whose influence, as the passionate praise of Desmond Tutu attests, lasted far beyond his martyrdom.
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.
A heroic odyssey that is illuminated with admirable clarity.
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.
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.
Disappointing. There was no real attempt to explain Bonhoeffer's theology and there was little drama to the martyrdom. It seemed more like a documentary on the religious institutions in Germany under the Nazis.
Intriguing documentary about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a very learned and spiritual man, who fought and plotted against Hitler during World War II.
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