Luther Library

Luther Statue

27 March 2006
  Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer is a 2003 feature length documentary film that has played in selected theaters and on PBS. It is now available on dvd. This film was also my first introduction to the young German Lutheran theologian.

The movie begins with Bonhoeffer's childhood and continues with family photos, narrated letters and interviews with family, friends and former students. Interspersed are newsreel images of Hitler and the current events that accompanied him. The viewer has a sense of the inevitable — a "no way out" feeling as Bonhoeffer follows his conscience and time marches forward to his imprisonment and execution.

I was fascinated by this man's sense of purpose from the time he was a child and his bravery as he became more deeply involved in the plot to kill Hitler. Even Lutherans who are not fans of ecumenism cannot fail to admire Bonhoeffer.

The movie contains no graphic holocaust violence, but is still chilling.

I understand that CTSFW featured a 2-day Bonhoeffer conference in February. I'm sorry I missed it. I look forward to reading some of his works.

More information on this movie may be found at this website.

Feedback
 
Comments:
This was a very good documentary. I ordered several books by Bonhoeffer after I watched it.

I later saw another documentary, on either the History Channel or Discovery Channel, where they experimentally reenacted the assassination plot with live explosives and dummies. Wow! If anything, Bonhoeffer understated how close they came to succeeding. (It is stated clearly. It is easy for the viewer, however, to imagine they're overstating when they are not.) Hitler was blown off his feet and out of half his clothing. I like to picture the world we might have had had this succeeded. I trust that God in his Providence got this one right. But the "What if?" question makes for fascinating speculation.
 
Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link



<< Home

About the Library
Luther Library seeks to encourage the reading of good books by confessional Lutheran pastors, church workers, and lay people through regular reviews and recommendations.

Review Requests

Would you like to submit or suggest book, video, software or related items for review? Please read our guidelines and then submit your request to the Library.

Newer Posts

  • Lutheran Carnival XX
  • He is Risen, Indeed! by David Erickson
  • Project Wittenberg Update
  • Sermons of Martin Luther: Church Postils
  • Coloring Books!
  • Lutheran Carnival XIX
  • The Hammer of God
  • Why Is Feminism So Hard To Resist?
  • The Oracles and the Jewels
  • Early Carnival Deadline
  • Archives

    2006.01 / 2006.02 / 2006.03 / 2006.04 / 2006.05 / 2006.06 / 2006.07 / 2006.08 / 2006.09 / 2006.10 / 2006.11 / 2006.12 / 2007.01 / 2007.02 / 2007.03 / 2007.04 / 2007.05 / 2007.09 / 2008.08 / 2008.11 / 2009.09 / 2009.10 / 2010.01 / 2013.06 /

    Links

    Odds and Ends
    Feedburner
    Subscribe in NewsGator Online Add Yahoo News Feed
    http://www.wikio.com
    eXTReMe Tracker

    Luther Library Lutheran Confessions
    Aardvark Alley BBOV
    CAT-41 Xrysostom
    Ask the Pastor The Wittenberg Trail
    Cyberbrethren Cranach
    Lutheran Blog Directory The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
    Old Lutheran WorldMag.com
    Blogdom of God Luther at the Movies
    Wikipedia Bloggernity Search Directory
    Spam Poison Blog Universe
    Globe of Blogs Blogarama - The Blog Directory
    Blogdigger Get Firefox
    Blogz Pro-Life Blogs
    Listed in LS Blogs Blog Directory & Search engine
    PLAZOO Blurt It!


    Powered by Blogger