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Anonymous

MOVIE SYNOPSIS
Anonymous


"Anonymous" speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds ranging from Mark Twain and Charles Dickens to Henry James and Sigmund Freud, namely: who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. 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 of the throne were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.
Related reviews:
10/27/2011
If Shakespeare did not write the plays attributed to him, who then? According to Anonymous, an airless, bilious, endless pageant of pseudohistory, it was Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, who hired playwright Ben Jonson to circulate the earl's unsigned plays to producers when an upstart actor named William Shakespeare claimed credit for them. » Read more
10/27/2011
Gary Thompson: You don't have to know the history of William Shakespeare or the Earl of Oxford to know that "Anonymous" is completely full of beans. » Read more
City Paper Grade: D+
10/27/2011
It seems as if there’s an intelligent core to John Orloff’s script, but Roland Emmerich is hopelessly out of his depth. » Read more

10/27/2011
If Shakespeare did not write the plays attributed to him, who then? According to Anonymous, an airless, bilious, endless pageant of pseudohistory, it was Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, who hired playwright Ben Jonson to circulate the earl's unsigned plays to producers when an upstart actor named William Shakespeare claimed credit for them. » Read more
10/27/2011
Gary Thompson: You don't have to know the history of William Shakespeare or the Earl of Oxford to know that "Anonymous" is completely full of beans. » Read more
City Paper Grade: D+
10/27/2011
It seems as if there’s an intelligent core to John Orloff’s script, but Roland Emmerich is hopelessly out of his depth. » Read more

10/27/2011
If Shakespeare did not write the plays attributed to him, who then? According to Anonymous, an airless, bilious, endless pageant of pseudohistory, it was Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, who hired playwright Ben Jonson to circulate the earl's unsigned plays to producers when an upstart actor named William Shakespeare claimed credit for them. » Read more
10/27/2011
Gary Thompson: You don't have to know the history of William Shakespeare or the Earl of Oxford to know that "Anonymous" is completely full of beans. » Read more
City Paper Grade: D+
10/27/2011
It seems as if there’s an intelligent core to John Orloff’s script, but Roland Emmerich is hopelessly out of his depth. » Read more

MPAA rating:
PG-13
for some violence and sexual content
Cast:
Joely Richardson; Jamie Campbell Bower; Rhys Ifans; Derek Jacobi; Rafe Spall; Xavier Samuel; Vanessa Redgrave; David Thewlis; Tom Wlaschiha; Edward Hogg
Directed by:
Roland Emmerich
On the web:
 
Anonymous Official Site
Genre:
Drama
Running time:
02:10
Release date:
2011
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