Edward de Vere - The Movie"Anonymous"
Posted 09 May 2010 - 02:09 PM
"Irrationality" and "obsession" seems a mite harsh, although it certainly applied/applies in some cases. I don't think it applies to others, however, and blanket accusations of nutjobbery aren't very nice. Anyone who's dipped into academic Shakespearean commentary knows that the good professors aren't exactly immune to the speculative bug.
Posted 09 May 2010 - 02:18 PM
Posted 09 May 2010 - 04:41 PM
Returning to the topic of movies: Whatever we think about the historical debate, movie-making is an exercise of the imagination most of all. It really doesn't matter who is right or wrong. Why, for instance, couldn't one make make a movie about the who-wrote-Shakespeare controversy itself? It's clear that there are people who feel passionately about this issue. Passionate enough to commit crimes? To kill their rivals in order to obtain or suppress evidence?
A great deal of Western cultural identity is tied up with the answer to such questions. I remember how far those medieval monks The Name of the Rose were willing to go to suppress certain manuscripts? Or all the turbulence created by all the factions in the Da Vinci Code?
Posted 09 May 2010 - 05:23 PM
Because it would be a dead bore, that's why. Even Roland Emmerich couldn't do much with that.
Posted 23 June 2011 - 04:04 PM
Anonymous portrays the Bard as an inarticulate buffoon, making nobleman Edward de Vere the true author. Speaking at a debate, Emmerich said: "I know it is controversial, and I was going for the controversy."
Posted 24 June 2011 - 10:11 PM
PS. I have a degree in Med/Renn history but am certainly NOT a scholar/expert. However, I've always hoped Shakespeare wrote the plays because I like to root for "the little people" who never rule or get inordinantly rich, but still aspire to, and often achieve, greatness however anonymously.
Posted 25 June 2011 - 12:28 AM
Hard to say where the point is, though. It was a very different era. The questions about knowledge of classes and the nature of personality and biography have all been raised by the Oxfordians, so you're playing on their field....
The only people I have ever witnessed who have a particular claim to insight into "...classes and the nature of personality... of the persons and period in question, are the living descendants of notable families who have an encyclopaedic knowledge going back beyond the 16th century. Which in general, they keep to themselves.
Posted 25 June 2011 - 11:33 AM
"I do not know why there is all this fuss about education. None of the Paget family can read or write and they do very well."
Looks like it was "The Book of Air and Shadows."
Posted 10 October 2011 - 10:31 PM
Is Emmerich expecting any adverse reaction from the British media? ‘Absolutely,’ he says. ‘I’m looking forward to it. It’s quite interesting how emotional people get when it comes to this subject. What we’re doing in this movie is very controversial.’
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