Excerpt: Anonymous attempts to create a story from the Oxfordian theory of Shakespearean authorship. Specifically, that "the collected works attributed to the man we call William Shakespeare" were in fact written by Edward de Vere(Rhys Ifans), the 17th Earl of Oxford. The film sets itself in a theoretical England as noted Oxfordian Derek Jacobi introduces the film and later brings it to a close.
Summary: - like the traditional dumb blonde cliché. However, now we must all come to terms with the fact that that tenacious bunch of maniacal deviants, the Oxfordians (never to be confused with the Oxonians for whom there is still hope) have their very own movie. Not only is it based on alarmingly dubious conjectures; the film actually manages to outbid the traditional improbabilities necessary for the Oxfordian theory to (appear to) work, and confounds the entire Elizabethan...
Excerpt: A very interesting movie whether the facts are true, false or distorted. It does get a bit confusing trying to figure out who the characters are especially in the flashbacks but I did figure them out eventually. Any movie that raises some questions is good but it's the viewe'rs responsibility to research the facts if possible, which I did. The movie is along the line like Amadeus which is one of my favourites even though I don't believe the story true.
Summary: These days, the term "Anonymous" conjures up visions of unknown activists trying to influence history from the wings. They write things, and that writing changes society. In his film of the same name, director Roland Emmerich seems to be suggesting that this idea is not exactly new, and that the plays and poems attributed to William Shakespeare were essentially motivated by the same desire. He takes the age-old mystery of "Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays?
Possibly the Greatest Literary Deception of All Time Gets Suberp Cinematic Treatment--Superior to "Shakespear In Love"
19 November 2011
Summary: About 300 years after the publication of the first collected works of Shakespeare, the so-called First Folio (1623), a schoolmaster named J. Thomas Looney (pronounced "loanee") facilitated his students in readings of the Shakespeare plays, particularly "the Merchant of Venice". Over the years while watching the plays, hearing their rhetoric, and absorbing this remarkable voice whose Elizabethan presence is still revered and studied today, Looney became convinced the man...
Wow! You've got to see this. Whether true or not, it's a fascinating film.
19 November 2011
Summary: Everyone in our theater was so mesmerized by this many-layered plot that no one even got up to go the bathroom. My head was spinning a bit, trying to keep up with who was related to whom, but I loved every minute of it. And I know the cast is highly pedigreed because I recognized some of the actors in the plays from a live performance of Shakespeare the Old Globe Theater troupe gave at UCLA a few years ago while the Old Globe was being renovated.
Summary: First thing to point out. When going to watch this movie I had no intention whatsoever to judge it on its historical accuracy. I simply did not and do not care. If you want a documentary on Elizabethan times then clearly you shouldn't be watching this particular film. If, on the other hand, you want a perfectly entertaining and interesting way to spend a couple of hours then you should go and see it.
Summary: Was William Shakespeare a front for an aristocrat who did not want his name revealed as the author? This movie is about political intrigue and how theater gets caught up in a larger struggle for power. The movie offers an interesting and controversial portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I and a glimpse of life in England at the beginning of the seventeenth century.
Summary: Greetings again from the darkness. While it is clear that writer John Orloff and director Roland Emmerich believe that Edward De Vere, The Earl of Oxford, and not Will Shakespeare, wrote the infamous and iconic plays we have celebrated for 400 years, my advice is to watch this as a Hollywood movie and not a docu-drama. Hollywood is at its best when exaggerating, twisting and dramatizing historic events and figures.
Summary: The Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) is a talented playwright whose position forces him to publicly abandon his endeavors. He seeks to sign over his plays and sonnets to Ben Johnson (Sebastian Armesto), but that's easier said than done. When William Shakespeare takes credit (Rafe Spall), that's the least of concerns as the words of Edward affect the political climate. Rhys Ifans is an unrecognizable powerhouse, and though the rest of the cast fairs well, he shines.