Although most articles come down on the side of William Shakespeare as the real author of the plays and sonnets, there is a strong sense that the Shakespeare authorship debate is entering the popular consciousness with vigor.
All journalists know that controversy makes for lively copy - and I've never come across a bigger controversy than the Shakespeare authorship debate! For some reason, it really gets people's blood boiling.
Amongst all the din, I found one excellent voice of reason: James Shapiro, author of the brilliant Contested Will.
In The Guardian, he wrote:
The film-makers must have realised at some point that the story they wanted to tell about De Vere couldn't accommodate what is known about Elizabethan theatrical and political culture. They had to choose: scale back claims for De Vere and admit that the film is a fantasy along the lines of Shakespeare in Love, or defy received history and assert that the truth - literary as well as political - has been suppressed through an elaborate conspiracy.
I agree. On screen, it becomes really apparent how preposterous the De Vere case is ... perhaps not Emmerich's desired reaction.
You can read my Anonymous film review here.
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