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Anonymous (2011)

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The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her.

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Earl of Essex (as Sebastian Reid)
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Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. Written by Anonymous

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Was Shakespeare a Fraud?


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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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28 October 2011 (UK)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,012,768 (USA) (28 October 2011)

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$4,463,292 (USA) (9 December 2011)
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Rafe Spall's father Timothy Spall appeared in Hamlet (1996) and Love's Labour's Lost (2000). See more »

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One character asks another "Can you spot me a few pence?" This usage of "spot" didn't appear until the 20th century. See more »

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Ben Jonson: You are the soul of the age... Undeniable perfection that plagued my soul.
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Apart from the production companies, the only opening credit is the movie's title, displayed on the marquee of the prologue's theater. See more »

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Referenced in Roland Emmerich - Mein Leben (2009) See more »

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Night of the Long Knives
Written by Byrd & David Hirschfelder (as Hirschfelder)
Performed by David Hirschfelder
Courtesy of The Decca Music Group
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Anonymous = Entertainment
9 November 2011 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

First thing to point out. When going to watch this movie I had no intention whatsoever to judge it on its historical accuracy. I simply did not and do not care. If you want a documentary on Elizabethan times then clearly you shouldn't be watching this particular film.

If, on the other hand, you want a perfectly entertaining and interesting way to spend a couple of hours then you should go and see it. I thought the story was engaging and original (if, like myself, you're not a pretentious academic). The acting was, on the whole, very accomplished. In particular, I thought Rhys Ifans gave a brilliant performance as De Vere and was perfect for the role. I did find Rafe Spall pretty annoying as Shakespeare, but perhaps I should give him the benefit of the doubt as this was probably the aim of the character.

With regards to the historical rewrite then surely if people are interested in what 'Anonymous' suggests they'll try to find out more about the subject in order to make their own mind up. Nothing wrong with that. And those taking Hollywood's version of history at face value are pretty much beyond help anyway.

Certainly one of the most memorable movies i've seen (for the right reasons) this year.


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