Anonymous

Synopsis: Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Roland Emmerich
Production: Sony Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Metacritic:
50
Rotten Tomatoes:
46%
PG-13
Year:
2011
130 min
$4,463,292
Website
184 Views


de Vere, the Earl of Oxford.

Had his own acting troupe

for private court performances.

I wonder if he needs any material.

Certainly not yours.

What, the noble, there? Ha-ha.

Why, he's a gull! He's a fool! Aah!

The poor man's

brain is lighter than his feather!

Ha-ha-ha.

Enough!

Jonson, wonderful dialogue.

It's absolutely wonderful.

Shh.

Oh. Ow!

Sorry, sire.

Will.

Will Shakespeare.

That is not ale in that goblet, is it?

Ale?

Me?

Drink during a performance?

I am a professional, Mr. Henslowe.

- Make way!

- Utter professional.

Stand aside!

- You stand aside!

- Watch yourself!

This play has been

declared seditious

by Lord William Cecil!

Why don't you disperse

William Cecil's arse?

Arrest that man!

Disperse!

This play is seditious

and will not continue!

Seditious?

It's a comedy!

There's nothing seditious about it!

Is that right?

And you know this because...?

Because I wrote

the bloody thing.

Arrest this man as well!

What? No, wait...

Please! I'm a poet, for God's sake!

I'm not a criminal!

Thus endeth the brief career

of one Ben Jonson.

Disperse!

William Cecil, you're an arsehole!

Well, off to Essex House, then.

I'd like to see his arse dispersed!

Disperse!

Out. Henry, how many people

were at that play?

I'm not sure.

Two thousand? Maybe more.

How many performances

are there of a play like that?

Five or six, I suppose.

New service.

By the beard.

Ten thousand souls, all listening

to the writings, the ideas of one man.

That's power, Essex.

And if there's one thing the

Cecile understand, it's power.

New service!

And since when did words

ever win a kingdom?

I'll keep my sword,

thank you very much.

Out.

Henry, some of my men have

intercepted some of William Cecil's

correspondence

with King James of Scotland.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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