Anonymous (2011)

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  130 min.
Release Date: October 28, 2011
DVD: February 7, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 4.08
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Cast: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower, Derek Jacobi


Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, ANONYMOUS speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Sigmund Freud, namely: who actually created the body of work 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 scandalous political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles lusting for the power of the throne were brought to light in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Larry Franco, Roland Emmerich, Robert Léger
Screenplay: John Orloff
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  • 4 stars "very interesting and entertaining movie. much better than i anticipated."
  • 3 stars "interesting film...entertaining"
  • 3 stars "interesting movie about a controversial subject. smart script, and some good performances."