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Why did the German Church embrace Hitler and the Nazi Party? What was a good German, a deeply religious and pacifist man to do about it. Dietrich Bonhoeffer openly challenged his church to stand with the Jews in their time of need and eventually joined a plot to kill Hitler. The story of his life is interwoven with interviews of friends, family and students of Bonhoeffer, with historians and theologians and the words of Bonhoeffer himself, read by Klaus Maria Brandauer.

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A touching narrative on the nature of faith. Powerful, disturbing, and shocking. --New York Times

A valuable and complex portrait of a rare individual, who saw the light in a time of spiritual darkness, and had the courage to follow it. --Village Voice

Bonhoeffer shows how extraordinary courage can spring from unlikely sources. An inspiring portrait of one of the great moral heroes of the 20th century. Undeniably poignant and thought-provoking. --Minneapolis Star Tribune

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  • Actors: Eberhard Bethge, Klaus Maria Brandauer, John De Gruchy, Geffrey Kelly, Richard Mancini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GH7W2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,315 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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236 of 236 people found the following review helpful By E. Cook on July 27, 2004
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This is a compeling documentary about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a prominent Christian theologian. Bonhoeffer, who lived in Germany during the time of Nazi rule, ultimately gave his life in an effort to stop Hitler's tyranical rule and opression of the Jewish race.

The documentary explores the concept of Christian ethics, and shows how Bonhoeffer was able to reconcile seemingly contradictory beliefs of the sanctity of life and justice - to the point that he was willing to participate in the resistance's attempts to assasinate Hitler.

The documentary uses phenomenal footage of Hitler's reign, interviews with Bonhoeffer's friends, family, and students, and analysis from historians to vividly tell this story. The story has direct relevance to the world we live in today.

If you are interested in an uplifitng account of how God can use one ordinary man to make a difference, then this movie is for you. Or, if you simply want to watch an amazingly well told documentary about an important era in German history (without feeling preached at), then this film also is for you. It certainly makes you think about our current world politics from a fresh point of view.

A+ for content
A+ for presentation
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146 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Stanford Gibson on August 3, 2004
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This documentary is quite simply a must see. My buddy and I contemplated driving from Sacramento to Seattle to see it before we heard about it on DVD. Simply put, it would have been worth the trip. The film is mostly primary sources, those close to Dietrich, several of whom passed away shortly after its filming. Bonhoeffer is one of the most compelling theologians of the twentieth century and this is the best window into his life available. Costly grace, ethical constructs of good vs good and the world come of age are all paradigm shifting ideas - but the locus of their authority rests in the details of his life and risks taken in the name of bold action in service of God. Highly recommended.
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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2005
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau, Germany, in 1906, to wealthy, privileged, and well-connected parents. He received his doctorate in theology in 1927. At a time when Germany was reeling from her humiliation at the hands of the Allies after World War I, the proponents of National Socialism began to capture the loyalty of Germans who were desperate to recover their economic, cultural, political, and military glory. Bonhoffer searched his soul, his conscience, and his Bible, in an effort to decide where his responsibilities lie. His decision to risk his freedom and his life by actively resisting the Nazis will forever set him apart as a man of valor.

"Bonhoeffer" is a superb documentary. It is informative, well-researched, and intensely moving. Rare archival footage includes a scene in which Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (the future Pope Pius XII), and Germany's vice chancellor, Franz von Papen, formally sign a concordat between the Holy See and the German Reich on July 20, 1933. The surrender of the Roman Catholic Church to Hitler's might at the expense of the helpless victims of Nazi terror makes Bonhoeffer's sacrifices all the more remarkable. There is also hard-hitting footage of Hitler and Goebbels spouting their venom before thousands of cheering and ebullient German citizens.

This ninety-minute documentary, in both black and white and color, includes comments by survivors, historians, and theologians who knew Bonhoeffer; their words lend gravity and verisimilitude to the film. These individuals describe Bonhoeffer as an inspiring teacher, a thoughtful writer of theological treatises, and finally, an active resister who took part in a failed conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Lois C. Fleming on August 19, 2006
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Of all the documentary/biographies this easily rank my #1.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a compelling person, whose faith and life were consistent against Nazi evil. While I enjoy any well-done biography of the man, this production ranks above the other, newer efforts. First, it incorporatess commentary from family and others who worked with him. That generation is now gone, making this a historically significant piece of work that emphasizes reporting/documentary. This aspect is enhanced by the black and white format; it feels like the 1940s. Second, it is developed thematically, so that the significance of how Bonhoeffer impacted the church and the world in the context of WWII Germany, and the German Resistance is powerfully conveyed.

Having used this in video format for college applied Ethics classes as well as writing classes learning to construct critical commentaries, for 15 years or more, I can honestly say that this one 90-minute documentary has had a more profound effect on more students, than anything else I have used in teaching. I've seen it at least 50 times, and it never wears thin. The challenge of Bonhoeffer's life and work needs to be presented to succeeding generations. He teaches us how to live, and how to die.

I'm SO grateful it is being rereleased on DVD, as it is one of the most important items in my vast video collection.
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