Here He Stood: Talking with the Creators of ‘Luther’

Alex Duke | May 27, 2017

This October marks 500 years since a German monk named Martin Luther unwittingly began the Protestant Reformation. This anniversary has been commemorated through booksconferences, and now a documentary film about the Reformation’s leading light: Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer.

I interviewed Stephen McCaskell, the film’s director, and Barry Cooper, its host and narrator, about how the project came together, why everyday Christians should care about Luther, and how we can honor an historical figure without engaging in hagiography.

What's the story behind this documentary? Whose idea was it originally—and how long has it been in the works?

McCaskell: Six months after we launched Through the Eyes of Spurgeon in 2015, a friend reminded me that the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses was coming up, so the timing was perfect to make a new documentary.

There are other Martin Luther documentaries out there, of course, but we felt we could bring him to life in a way that none of the others had.

Cooper: I did stand-up comedy when I was a student, so I’ve always had a soft spot for Luther. It’s a less-than-crowded field, but he’s still one of the funniest…

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