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Anonymous (11-Sep-2011)

Director: Roland Emmerich

Writer: John Orloff

Music by: Thomas Wander; Harald Kloser

Producers: Roland Emmerich; Larry Franco; Robert Leger

Keywords: Drama, Literature

Political thriller presents a fictionalized account of the life of an Earl of Oxford and his possible role in the creation of all or some of William Shakespeare's works.

ABSTRACT
Presented as a silver-screen endorsement of an academic school of thought concerning the authorship of William Shakespeare's works known as the "Oxfordian Theory", Anonymous provides viewers with a fictionalized account of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, attempting to use an apocryphal story concerning his interactions with the Queen of England to explain how he could have been responsible for works attributed to Shakespeare. Opened to mixed reviews, mainstream critics tended to view the film's shaky historical foundation as a negative counterweight to its impressive visuals. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Rhys Ifans
Actor
22-Jul-1968   Notting Hill
Derek Jacobi
Actor
22-Oct-1938   Claudius on I, Claudius
Vanessa Redgrave
Actor
30-Jan-1937   Julia
Joely Richardson
Actor
9-Jan-1965   Julia McNamara on Nip/Tuck
David Thewlis
Actor
20-Mar-1963   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

CAST

Rhys Ifans   ...   Earl of Oxford
Vanessa Redgrave   ...   Queen Elizabeth I
Joely Richardson   ...   Young Queen Elizabeth I
David Thewlis   ...   William Cecil
Xavier Samuel   ...   Earl of Southampton
Sebastian Armesto   ...   Ben Jonson
Rafe Spall   ...   William Shakespeare
Edward Hogg   ...   Robert Cecil
Sam Reid   ...   Earl of Essex
Jamie Campbell Bower   ...   Young Earl of Oxford
Trystan Gravelle   ...   Christopher Marlowe
Helen Baxendale   ...   Anne De Vere
with
Mark Rylance   ...   Condell
Derek Jacobi   ...   Prologue
Paolo De Vita   ...   Francesco
Robert Emms   ...   Thomas Dekker
Tony Way   ...   Thomas Nashe
Julian Bleach   ...   Capt. Richard Pole
Alex Hassell   ...   Spencer
James Garnon   ...   Heminge
Jasper Britton   ...   Pope
Michael Brown   ...   Sly
Ned Dennehy   ...   Interrogator
John Keogh   ...   Philip Henslowe
Lloyd Hutchinson   ...   Richard Burbage
Vicky Krieps   ...   Bessie Vavasour
Paula Schramm   ...   Bridget De Vere
Amy Kwolek   ...   Young Anne De Vere
Luke Taylor   ...   Boy Earl of Oxford
Isaiah Michalski   ...   Boy Robert Cecil
Timo Huber   ...   Boy Earl of Southampton
Richard Durden   ...   Archbishop
Shaun Lawton   ...   Footman
Detlef Bothe   ...   John De Vere
James Clyde   ...   King James I
Christian Sengewald   ...   Cecil's Spy Servant
Jean-Loup Fourure   ...   Monsieur Beaulieu
Victoria Gabrysch   ...   Buxom Lady
Axel Sichrovsky   ...   Essex General
Katrin Pollitt   ...   Lady-in-Waiting
Patricia Grove   ...   Lady-in-Waiting
Laura Lo Zito   ...   Selling Maid
Gode Benedix   ...   Groundling
Nic Romm   ...   Usher
Henry Lloyd-Hughes   ...   Bear Baiter
Patrick Diemling   ...   Oxford's Servant
Patrick Heyn   ...   Oxford's Doctor
Nino Sandow   ...   Stage Manager (New York)
Craig Salisbury   ...   Dwarf / Puck
Rainer Guldener   ...   Quince
Trystan Pütter   ...   Bottom
André Kaczmarczyk   ...   Titania
Jonas Hämmerle   ...   Child Oberon
Leonard Kinzinger   ...   Child Titania
Mike Maas   ...   Pole's Commander
Stage Players -- Shakespeare Company
Christian Leonard   ...   Stage Player
Christian Banzhaf   ...   Stage Player
Victor Calero   ...   Stage Player
Martin Engler   ...   Stage Player
Alfred Hartung   ...   Stage Player
Oliver Kube   ...   Stage Player
Christian Ludwig   ...   Stage Player
Oliver Rickenbacher   ...   Stage Player
Claudius von Stolzmann   ...   Stage Player
Dancers
Tjadke Biallowons   ...   Dancer
Dafne-Maria Fielder   ...   Dancer
Alexander Flache   ...   Dancer
Antonia Gerke   ...   Dancer
Sophie Hichert   ...   Dancer
Lukas Hötzel   ...   Dancer
Johannes Keusch   ...   Dancer
Vera Kreyer   ...   Dancer
Stefanie Lanius   ...   Dancer
Urban Luig   ...   Dancer
Jasmin Mehling   ...   Dancer
Elisabeth Milarch   ...   Dancer
Robert Munzinger   ...   Dancer
Benjamin Plath   ...   Dancer
Erik Studte   ...   Dancer
Johann Hakob Wurster   ...   Dancer

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