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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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Initial post: 7 Jul 2014 12:24:03 BDT
Dr. Richard M. Waugaman says:
Thank you for a perceptive review. And thank you also for mentioning Freud's interest in the Shakespeare authorship question. Yes, he was skeptical about the traditional theory. Around 1926, he read the 1920 book that first proposed Edward de Vere as the real author. Then he re-read it. Then he tried to persuade his fellow psychoanalysts to re-examine Shakespeare's plays, connecting them with the life and mind of their true author. The power of the Stratford lobby thwarted him. To my knowledge, I am the second psychoanalyst (after Bronson Feldman, Ph.D.) to take up Freud's request, in some 60 publications on this topic.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2014 19:51:48 BDT
Thanks Richard, I didn't know any of this, am grateful to you for your comments.
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