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(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Was Shakespeare a fraud who really wrote about cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne? Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her, intrigue and suspense advance the theory that it was really Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays.
Title: Anonymous
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2012]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: commentary with director Roland Emmerich and writer John Orloff; deleted scenes; who is the real William Shakespeare?
Summary: Was Shakespeare a fraud who really wrote about cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne? Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her, intrigue and suspense advance the theory that it was really Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some violence and sexual content. CHV rating PG for sexual content and violence. OFRB rating PG for sexual content, violence, and language that may offend.
Statement of Responsibility: Columbia Pictures presents in association with Relativity Media a Centropolis Entertainment production ; in association with Studio Babelsberg ; written by John Orloff ; produced by Roland Emmerich, Larry Franco, Robert Leger ; directed by Roland Emmerich
Credits: Music, Thomas Wander, Harold Kloser ; editor, Peter R. Adam ; director of photography, Anna J. Foerster.
Performers: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Edward Hogg, Rafe Spall, Sebastian Armesto, Xavier Samuel, Derek Jacobi.
System Details: DVD ; anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Other Language: In English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish, with optional subtitles in English, Mandarin, French or Spanish. English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing. Optional descriptive audio in English for the visually impaired.
Subject Headings: Great Britain Court and courtiers History 16th century Drama. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Authorship Drama. Oxford, Edward De Vere, Earl of, 1550-1604 Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Fiction films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Political films.
Feature films.
Publisher No: 39434
CTV639667002
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Apr 06, 2014
  • George Millar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a brilliant put down of the man, William Shakespeare. Will was hardly literate let alone the writer he was purported to be. I also liked the irreverent look at The Fairy Queen herself. Virgin Queen? Never. She turns out to be an incestuous trollop ... a 16th century Fanny Hill with a golden crown! God's teeth ... it was brutal!

Nov 07, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting idea on the true identity of Shakespeare but the more intriquing is the snake pit of immorality inside the Royal Circle. (The lines that I entered as a quote sums it up nicely --- somewhat spoiler.)

Aug 13, 2013
  • bnouban rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent presentation of the authorship issue--Oxfordians vs. Startfordians.. Oxfordians argument more plausible

Aug 05, 2013
  • JEarl rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Tried, twice, but no go.

Aug 05, 2013
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The proposition posed is preposterous; there are too many historic and logical inconsistencies to even begin to list; but I found it still to be an entertaining film, what with the portrayal of daily life and business economy of an acting company in Shakespeare's day. As for this being a film portraying a believable plot, I'll let Shakespeare himself offer up a review: "It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing." — Macbeth (Act 5)

Jul 01, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

The overall problem with this film was the highly flawed premise: that only a member of the royalty could have written the plays of Shakespeare, as certainly a commoner who was from Stratford-on-Avon could never have done so! What a load of . . . .! Mediocrities at Harvard, Yale and Princeton have been rehashing this crud since the beginning of those universities - - or crime factories, to be more apt!

Apr 05, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Great costume and setting, and a conpiracy theory about who William Shakespeare really was. Visually the film was great to look at. However, not being a Shakespearian fan, it didn't do much else for me.

Mar 22, 2013
  • QuinKeng rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I knew nothing about this film before I saw it at the theatre and I was absolutely delighted. Very cinematic in a stagey kind of way. Wonderful opening that was relevant and imaginative. The story, I thought, was compelling and although there were a couple of flaws, overall, it was great. Acting, writing, sets, costumes, all worth the time. Sit back, relax, and open your mind to the possibility.

Jan 29, 2013
  • longailsa rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I would've liked to give this movie a better review because it sounded like it had a lot of potential, plus I like period drama but in the end I didn't like it.
The trailer seemed to present the film as a 'thinking film' about the Shakespeare authorship question. Sort of similar to a 'who dunnit' suspense film. In my opinion it could've had me on the edge of my seat if they had gone about it differently. In that era writing plays was dangerous especially if you spoke against government or church and could be executed. However I found the emphasis was more on the supposed affair between the queen and Lord Oxford. In short I was bored.

Great movie. Wonderful look at famous dramatists of the period in their early years. Very humourous portrayal of Shakespeare as almost illiterate and definitely not a wordsmith! This theme has been covered by many--was it De vere or Bacon that wrote the Shakespeare plays? Great artistic impression of famous court figures of the period, especially good acting by Vanessa Redgrave as Elizabeth I approaching senility. Excellent acting in general. Really worth watching, but like all serious drama that has a live theatrical base, you have to pay attention to dialogue and not be answering the phone or texting in the middle!

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May 28, 2012
  • Ninja18 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Lots sketchy stuff

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Nov 07, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Prince Tudor theory” states that the 17th Earl of Oxford (aka "Shakespeare") is Elizabeth's son - or not only her son but also her incestuous lover ...

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