Bonhoeffer

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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 and ethics. The film, shot on location in Germany and the United States, features interviews with family members, friends, students and associates who knew Bonhoeffer personally--including, the last interview given by Bonhoeffer's closest friend and biographer, Eberhard Bethge. As well, there is an interview with Ruth Alice von Bismarck, the sister of Bonhoeffer's fiancée, Maria von Wedemeyer.

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Critic Reviews for Bonhoeffer

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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.

    Dec 6, 2004 | Full Review…

    Keith Phipps

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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.

    Nov 28, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • A heroic odyssey that is illuminated with admirable clarity.

    Oct 9, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 9, 2003
  • Whatever form the movie takes, it's right and fitting that such a life gets our attention.

    Jul 11, 2003 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 11, 2003

Audience Reviews for Bonhoeffer

  • Nov 27, 2013
    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.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2012
    Intriguing documentary about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a very learned and spiritual man, who fought and plotted against Hitler during World War II.
    Jason R Super Reviewer

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