Anonymous (2011) - Oscar® Nominee!
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|Was Shakespeare a Fraud?
|Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds... who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.|
"well-paced and never threatens to bore or become too scholarly. James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"...takes the viewer on a breathtaking ride through ye olde London. Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
Editor's NoteDirector Roland Emmerich takes a break from his long string of big-budget disaster films with ANONYMOUS, a historical drama that suggests Shakespeare was a fraud. Edward de Vere (Rhys Ifans) is an aristocrat who yearns to write poetry and plays, but due to social and political constraints, he is forced to use a front for his political-minded works because they subtly encourage Queen Elizabeth to alter her plan for succession in a way that is in direct opposition to her most-trusted political advisers. When drunken, illiterate, fame-hungry actor William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall) passes off the plays as his own, de Vere finds his man, but eventually he is blackmailed when the morally dubious thespian wants more and more. ANONYMOUS screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
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