Anonymous is a pseudo-historical political thriller which promotes a theory that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was the true author of Shakespeare’s works.
However eagerly most of us will reject this proposal, it is no reason to avoid this marvelous film. A clever screenplay by John Orloff, sound direction by Roland Emmerich and a great cast add up to a top-notch cinematic experience. Just one which needs to be taken with more than a pinch of salt.
You can find more information on this movie on Wikipedia and IMDb. Ignore the average IMDb rating – this is a very well made film, even if factually incorrect.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Direction: Roland Emmerich
Screenplay: John Orloff
Cinematography: Anna Foerster
Editing: Peter R. Adam
Score: Harald Kloser, Thomas Wanker (also known as Thomas Wander)
Stars: Rhys Ifans, Rafe Spall, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Sam Reid, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower
Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
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I’m great fan of Shakespearean cinema. I wish someone will make a movie about the thought of Shakespeare being a woman. I read this few years back that Shakespeare was a woman who disguise under this name as those days women were not so active in such profession. Many try to portray Shakespeare as gay because his poems reflect such emotions but it could be something else.
I enjoyed the film very much and was quite convinced by the argument. How is it feasible that Shakespeare is the author of all those great dramas and yet have a wife and children who were illiterate? The argument is strengthened in the filmed interviews with actors such as Derek Jacobi. I look forward to another viewing!