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07 October 2011

Hollywood and Shakespeare

Has anyone else been watching the edgy trailer for a new movie about Shakespeare? But this time, Hollywood isn't thinking about his private life and romances. Oh no. The movie, Anonymous worries about his qualifications as An Author.

"Was Shakespeare A Fraud?"

Hmm. As an author myself, this topic makes me nervous. As a historian and a reader, I'm totally fascinated. What if William Shakespeare didn't write all the plays that still grip millions of people? What if he was only the front man for a far better writer? Why would that more talented man choose never to claim ownership of such brilliant work?

This movie suggests one answer, based on the era's politics. (Vanessa Redgrave as Elizabeth I? Wow!) Plus, the sets and costumes look awesome, something I'm always a sucker for. I'll definitely be in line to see this movie.

You can watch the trailer here.

Readers, is there an author whose life you'd like to see made into a movie? Authors, can you think of a "story behind the book" that might make a good movie?

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Blogger Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

I am curious about this film. The idea that the Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare's plays is not a new one. Charles Burford, who is not only descended from Nell Gwyn, but also the Earl of Oxford wrote a book on the subject last year.

I would love to see a film about Fanny Burney, or Harriet Beecher Stowe and Uncle Tom's Cabin (or at least a documentary!).

9:43 AM  
Blogger Diane Whiteside said...

Elizabeth - I too have heard before about Oxford writing Shakespeare's plays. In fact, the man who broke the Japanese code in WWII trained as a codebreaker by trying to prove that Oxford wrote Shakespeare's plays.

A movie about Harriet Beecher Stowe would be fascinating. I've always wanted to see one about Walt Whitman.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Leslie Carroll said...

I'm curious about this film, too. I'm not an Oxfordian, and the notion that de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, really wrote Shakespeare's plays is an old one, as is the theory that Marlowe, or Francis Bacon were the real authors of his plays, in addition to theories that he had more co-authors than we already know about. We do know that for example TWO NOBLE KINSMEN, co-authored by Fletcher, was not entirely penned by Shakespeare).

I woldn't mind seeing some well researched movies about the Bronte sisters (and their brother), (as opposed to another movie adaptation one of Jane Austen's novels that misses the point by trying to darken the mood to make it Bronte-esque.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

There's an interesting film from the 1940's with Ida Lupino and Olivia de Haviland as Emily and Charlotte. I'm surprised the BBC haven't jumped on the idea instead doing endless remarkes of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

1:37 PM  

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