Hollywood Dishonors the Bard
By JAMES SHAPIRO
Published: October 16, 2011
ROLAND EMMERICH’S film “Anonymous,” which opens next week, “presents a compelling portrait of Edward de Vere as the true author of Shakespeare’s plays.” That’s according to the lesson plans that Sony Pictures has been distributing to literature and history teachers in the hope of convincing students that Shakespeare was a fraud. A documentary by First Folio Pictures (of which Mr. Emmerich is president) will also be part of this campaign.
In dramatizing this conspiracy, Mr. Emmerich has made a film for our time, in which claims based on conviction are as valid as those based on hard evidence.
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- Shakespeare and Our Times (laf.ee)
- Joan Smith: It’s the aristo that was the Bard – or maybe the giant lizard (independent.co.uk)
- ‘Anonymous’ Director Believes Shakespeare Was ‘A Fraud’ (mtv.com)
- Was Shakespeare a Fraud? The Oxfordian Theory (mymodernmet.com)
- Shakespeare Bites Back: Stratford Takes on Hollywood (Mixed Media) (popmatters.com)
- Anonymous – review (guardian.co.uk)