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Directed by Roland Emmerich
Produced in 2011
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - European Film
A drama from Roland Emmerich, Anonymous is based around the notion that William Shakespeare was not in fact the author of the canon of plays attributed to him.
In Elizabethan England, political intrigue abounds as the Tudors and the Cecils battle over the succession of Queen Elizabeth I (Joely Richardson/Vanessa Redgrave), and the Essex Rebellion mobilises against her. Enter the dashing and wildly talented Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (Jamie Campbell Bower/Rhys Ifans), who not only fathers an illegitimate son in a clandestine incestuous relationship with Queen Elizabeth, but is also the secret author of the plays labeled with the name of William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall).
Publisher: Columbia Tri-Star
Length: 130 mins
Cat No: CDR80759
Format: DVD Colour
- Commentary with Director Roland Emmerich and Writer John Orloff
- Who Is The Real William Shakespeare?
by Howard Schumann on 4th January 2012
Focusing on two of the most important events of the Elizabethan age: the Essex Rebellion of 1601 and the succession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth I, Roland Emmerich... Read on
Focusing on two of the most important events of the Elizabethan age: the Essex Rebellion of 1601 and the succession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth I, Roland Emmerichs Anonymous supports the premise that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford was the true author of the works attributed to William Shakespeare.
Steering us through the maze of Tudor history, the film makes credible the startling events of the time, providing an authentic recreation of London in the 16th century with its crowded theaters and raucous audience, cluttered streets, and court royalty decked out in fine jewels.
Through Emmerichs direction, the writing of John Orloff, the cinematography of Anna Foerster, and the superlative performance of an all British cast including Oscar-worthy performances by Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth I and Rhys Ifans as Oxford, Anonymous succeeds both as an authentic drama and a plausible explanation for many of the problems surrounding the authorship question.
According to Anonymous, de Vere, in addition to being Shakespeare, was also the illegitimate son of the Queen and, in 1573, the father of a son with Elizabeth, Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd Earl of Southampton (Xavier Samuel). Emmerich handles the subject of incest with great taste, with neither the Virgin Queen nor Oxford knowing the truth until close to the end of their lives.
Oxford is forced to hide his identity because of the biting satire of his plays that lampoon some of the more prominent members of the court, and also as a result of a political arrangement described late in the film. His initial choice to front for him is the same Ben Jonson but Jonson refuses, passing the mantle to Will Shakespeare (Rafe Spall), an actor for the Lord Chamberlains Men who is not portrayed in very flattering terms.
Notwithstanding many critical comments from those supporting the prevailing orthodoxy, Anonymous may have the effect of opening the subject to a wider audience, those who may be able to view Shakespeare and his times from a totally new perspective.