"Anonymous" is an absorbing , intelligent film based on a conspiracy theory that argues that the real author of the William Shakespeare plays was really an aristocrat with close relations to Queen Elizabeth the First. The film tells the story of how the aristocrat,Edward De Vere ,Earl of Oxford used Shakespeare as a front man to stage the plays that he wrote,but which for various reasons he couldn't claim authorship of. Shakespeare is portrayed in the film as an unscrupulous buffoon,extortionist and murderer. "Anonymous" portrays this story against a background of intrigue and backbiting at the Elizabethan court as the race to succeed the childless Elizabeth hots up.Childless is perhaps not the word however ,as the aristocracy appears to be riddled with her bastard sons. The film intermingles the story of De Vere and his plays with court scheming very well although the use of flashbacks made the film a little hard to follow and ascertaining the lineage of some of the main characters was fraught with complexity. That said , "Anonymous" was an entertaining film ,but how much truth there is in the tale remains open to question.