What's disappointing about Anonymous is that it isn't dumb enough. Rather than plunging merrily ahead with its fanciful counternarrative, the movie keeps stopping to actually, seriously make its case -- to posit and explain and persuade.
Was not expecting to like. **with spoiler ideas** I like Shakespeare enough to have been re-reading some of the plays. I am not sure if the idea of a nobleman author is as plausible as presented, but the movie did show the way nobles felt about getting their hands dirty with business, and (gasp) writing. The movie gave a good picture of the intrigue and backstabbing of families that fought for power, and is much more believable than modern creations with that theme (such as Game of Thrones). This really brought the stage alive too, showing the mobs of nobles and commoners who visited the playhouses.
Great acting. Poor plot twists... Really wanted to like this movie, but it makes a very poor case for fraud. Take a look at Akala-Shakespeare TEDxTalk on youtube for more. Being the caretaker of knowledge is really in the eye of the beholder.
Can't get enough of the scandal I guess many would call this movie boring but just the fact of the Virgin Queen legend taking on a whole new aspect then the one told to us .Shakespeare being a beard is also too wonderful .
Wasn't expecting to like. I watched this with a friend and loved it. I should point out that I am not really a fan of Shakespeare's works, but this movie isn't so much about the pieces as much as it is about deception of who wrote them. Loved it. Highly recommend.
Academy Award® winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush join Academy Award® nominee Clive Owen in a gripping historical thriller full of suspense, intrigue and adventure! When Queen Elizabeth's reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain's invading army, she and her shrewd advisor must act to safeguard the lives of her people. But when a dashing seafarer, Walter Raleigh, captures her heart, she is forced to make her most tragic sacrifice for the good of her country. Elizabeth: The Golden Age tells the thrilling tale of one woman's crusade to control her love, destroy her enemies and secure her position as a beloved icon of the western world. (Original Title - Elizabeth: The Golden Age) - 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Triumphant winner of 7 Academy Awards® -- including Best Picture -- this witty, sexy smash features Oscar®-winning Best Actress Gwyneth Paltrow (SLIDING DOORS, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS) and an amazing cast that includes Academy Award- winners Judi Dench (Best Supporting Actress), Geoffrey Rush (Best Actor -- SHINE), and Ben Affleck (GOOD WILL HUNTING, PEARL HARBOR). When Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes -- ELIZABETH) needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer's block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola (Paltrow) starts the words flowing like never before! There are just two things he'll have to learn about his new love: not only is she promised to marry someone else, but she's successfully impersonating a man in order to play the lead in Will's latest production! A truly can't-miss motion picture event with outstanding critical acclaim to match its impressive collection of major awards -- everyone will love this funny behind-the-scenes look at the writing of the greatest love story ever told!
Academy Award-winner Bette Davis ("Jezebel," "Dark Victory") is the homely Queen Elizabeth I, whose jealous love of the handsome Earl of Essex (played by Errol Flynn -- "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "Captain Blood") leads to tragedy. Co-starring Academy Award-winners Olivia De Havilland ("Gone with the Wind," "The Adventures of Robin Hood") and Donald Crisp ("How Green was My Valley ," "Wuthering Heights"), Emmy Award-winner Nanette Fabares ("The Band Wagon," "Harper Valley P.T.A."), Emmy Award-nominee Leo G. Caroll ("North by Northwest," "Strangers on a Train") and Hollywood legend Vincent Price ("Edward Scissorhands," "House on Haunted Hill"). Directed by Academy award-winner Michael Curtiz ("Casablanca," "Yankee Doodle Dandy") and nominated for three Oscars.
This first on-screen pairing of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier began a romance that captured the imagination of the world. Based on A.E.W. Mason's novel, the film is set during the reign of Elizabeth I (in a starring role for Flora Robson), as Spain plots its attack on England. Leigh plays a lady-in-waiting to the Court, while Olivier is the daring young naval officer who's loyalty to the Queen sets him on a suicide mission against the superior Spanish Armada under the command of King Philip II of Spain (Massey). Look for James Mason in an uncredited appearance.
Tilda Swinton and Billy Zane star in this hip, sexy and wickedly funny look at an English nobleman who defies the laws of nature and comes back to life as an English noblewoman. 1992 Adventure Pictures (Orlando) Limited. All Rights Reserved.
Looking to explore the New World, Sir Walter Raleigh prevails upon Lord Leicester to introduce him to Queen Elizabeth I. The explorer and the aging Queen strike up an unexpected warm friendship, but complications ensue when Raleigh falls in love with a beautiful lady-in-waiting and the Queen finds out. Feeling betrayed, Elizabeth has Raleigh temporarily imprisoned in the famous Tower of London, but she soon reconsiders, granting Raleigh his ships wishing him a good journey with his new love.