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Anonymous

Rhys Ifans , Derek Jacobi , Roland Emmerich    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rhys Ifans, Derek Jacobi, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English, Catalan, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, Hindi, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: CD
  • Run Time: 125.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006KAPM7K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,646 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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sullo sfondo della lotta politica per la successione al trono di elisabetta i, un misterioso autore, che si cela dietro lo pseudonimo william shakespeare, inizia a scrivere una serie di opere destinate a entrare nella storia della letteratura...


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...And Yet?" - Anonymous on BLU RAY 17 Mar 2014
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
A German filmmaker (famous for special effects extravaganzas) messing with the status of the godlike British playwright William Shakespeare is bound to produce hissy fits amongst historians, be labelled abomination by academics and booed off the screen by snarling patrons. And yet...

I saw knob to all the naysayers. Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous" which re-writes the bard's life is a fantastically well-made and well-written film - and while it isn't as crowd-pleasing as say "Shakespeare In Love" - it's just as good and even more sumptuous to look at. And it puts forward ideas that are not just tempting but frighteningly believable. First some facts about this astounding giant of literature...

Born the son of cobbler in April 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England, William Shakespeare became an actor first - then a playwright. He died in 1616 aged 52 survived by a wife and two daughters. His written works are the most performed in history - 38 plays, 154 sonnets and some other poems. "We happy few...we band of brothers..." and "to thine own self be true..." - are just some of the phrases that pepper the very fabric of how we speak and think. Shakespeare quotes are second only to The Bible. And yet in 400 years there isn't a single page or document in his handwriting and there are said to be only two images of him - one of which is disputed. This leaves the most revered writers in the known Universe open to 'interpretation'.

Enter Roland Emmerich and his writer John Orloff. They purport that a moneyed aristocrat the 17th Earl Of Oxford Edward De Vere (played brilliantly by Rhys Ifans) was in fact the real author - and the actor William Shakespeare was just an opportunist who stepped up as 'author' on the night "Henry The 5th" was played for the first time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The truth about Shakespeare lies elsewhere 9 Dec 2011
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I always accepted the idea that Shakespeare wrote his own plays, and considered anything to the contrary to be merely speculation not fact. So, the premise-what if Shakespeare never wrote a word, I found not to be appealing.

Upon reading some good reviews, I decided to see it, and found it to be a high quality production and a wonderful experience. Director Roland Emmerich previously directed 2012, and Independence Day, and writer John Orloff previously wrote some episodes of Band of Brothers, and as you watch this movie you will realise this term BoB originated with Shakespeare.

Anonymous proposes the Earl of Oxford wrote all the plays, anonymously donated them to Ben Johnson, a well known writer of the time for him to take credit. Then an uncouth illiterate actor, named Shakespeare steps in to claim the credit. The peer remained anonymous for reasons of social acceptability.

Another reason he may have remained anonymous which I totally loved was the parallel structure between what happened in the plays, and the real life events of the courtiers and Queen Elizabeth. Cecil, the courtier villain in this movie is a hunchback (historical fact), and brother in law of the Earl of Oxford. Richard 3 in Shakespeare's play is a hunchback, so the play becomes a social satire.

A scene where a man is stabbed through a curtain mirrors a scene in Hamlet. A usurped heir is sent to Ireland, and there is a plot to kill him, similar to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Hamlet.

Emmerich's direction gives Anonymous a much grander scope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant,fascinating 22 May 2014
By CallyK
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Endlessly interesting. Yes, it does take careful watching; the structure can at times be a bit confusing. I've watched it three times in succession, partly because I found it so compelling and also because it took another viewing to understand precisely the course of events and relationships. Rhys Ifans is brilliant and heartbreakiing as the anonymous creator of the most beautiful writing in the history of the English language. I'd have given it five stars were it not for the computer generated imagery, which for me gave it the feel at times of a sophisticated computer game, and also because the script contains some unfortunate turns of phrase. We have, for instance, Robert Cecil saying 'Your majesty, we have not as of yet.....' 'As of yet' sounds ugly and is grammatically incorrect. Some of the utterances of the Shakespeare character were similarly jarring. But, that aside, I had heard only briefly of the Oxfordian theory of the authorship before I watched this film, and had dismissed it, I was therefore surprised that to find it highly plausible. Interestingly, Freud apparently believed that de Vere was the author, saying that all authors betray something of themselves in their creative work and that this therefore convinced him the writer has to be de Vere. Ultimately I find it is simply very moving to believe, as I now do thanks to this film, that the beauty of the language and such profound understanding of our human nature emanated from a writer who has remained anonymous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anonymous is great! 27 Nov 2013
By Meg
Format:DVD
This is a really good film! It does have some good points, and is very interesting to learn. Whether it be true or not.

I love the hunchback Robert! :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I have just recently re-watched "Shakespeare in Love" and out of the two I preferred that one. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Many a well read person would claim to be a fan, even in awe, of Shakespeare.

I certainly appreciate the works, attributed to a 'Shakespeare' but only those who have... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Rozman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value & good film
This film is really interesting but takes a bit of concentration to stay on track. Full of good actors and great value for money. Worth watching.
Published 4 months ago by charlotte doull
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem I had missed.....
Until my son recommended this. Had it on the shelf for weeks until the right moment and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by JRC
1.0 out of 5 stars execrable
Anonymous is to Shakespearean scholarship what One Million Years BC is to paleontolgy. The screenplay is attributed to a "John Orloff", which I can only assume to be a pseudonym -... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr Do Little
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD and a brilliant price, This Film is very intriguing and...
Great DVD, This Film is very intriguing and thought provoking, did Shakespeare really write all those plays and sonnets ????
Published 7 months ago by Macman
4.0 out of 5 stars Will Never Believe It
I love history - and I love historical dramas that are well done. This proved to be a visually evocative film with an interesting slant to the commonly held belief that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by anne mcgrath
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre
Arrived well in time. Sadly not quite the film I imagined full of historical inaccuracies. Vanessa Redgrave was very good though. Read more
Published 7 months ago by markasnell
1.0 out of 5 stars not as good as expected
I hate to say this but Anonymous is possibly the most boring film ever made. I thought I would enjoy it as I am a bit of an English Literature fan but have so far not seen the end... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Evelyn Mckenzie
2.0 out of 5 stars Anonymous
I believe, that the movie is very good, but the same can't be said about the CD. It is too scratched. Therefore only two stars.
Published 8 months ago by Anne Mette Holm
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