Was Shakespeare a fraud? New film “Anonymous” is released on Friday

Why is everyone in uproar about the release of the new Shakespeare film on Friday? The film by German director Roland Emmerich depicts Shakespeare as a false playwright, simply a publisher of works by Edward de Vere, played in the film by Rhys Ifans. The media are treating this as new news and literary fans are shocked by the controversial film; even Stratford-upon-Avon council are running a campaign to protest against the film by covering up all references to Shakespeare on road signs and pubs.
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Yet in truth this “terrible conspiracy” is yesterday’s news; the theory that the Earl of Oxford contributed to Shakespeare’s plays has been around for donkeys years, in fact, since 1856. And no wonder Stratford-upon-Avon is up in arms when Shakespeare is their only selling point for tourism. I think Emmerich sums it up perfectly when he said of the film “art should be provocative”, and the very serious literary historians (whose careers rely on the existence of the bard) should stop worrying about how their bank accounts will be affected and enjoy the film for what it is: an epic historical romp – yes that’s right, entertainment. This isn’t the Da Vinci Code… Oh wait.

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3 thoughts on “Was Shakespeare a fraud? New film “Anonymous” is released on Friday

  1. Think what is at stake for establishment professors whose career and reputations are on the line, and the Stratford multimillion dollar tourist industry who stand to lose their nest egg. It is a small price to pay, however, for the truth.

    By the way, the Oxford theory actually was first proposed in 1920, not 1856, with the publication of “Shakespeare Identified” by J. Thomas Looney. I can see why there is so much panic.

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