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Thursday, June 9, 2011

'Anonymous (2011)' - 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 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.

Roland Emmerich, he who blew up the world in 2012 and Independence Day has, er, made a film about Shakespeare. You probably need to watch the trailer…

There's a really interesting film to be made about whether William Shakespeare actually wrote his work, or if he ended up taking the credit for that of others. You can see Oscars all around.
Somehow, though, Roland Emmerich, the man behind Independence Day, 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, has gone and made that film.
This means two things. Firstly, the chat of any Oscars is diluted quite heavily. And secondly, as this first trailer for Anonymous shows, he's directed the film in a very Emmerich-y way.
That said, count me intrigued. I quite like this trailer, and wonder if, removed from massive disaster movies, Emmerich can really tell the story here. Time will tell.

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