First Movie Poster for “Anonymous”

Here’s a look at the first poster for Anonymous, the film by Roland Emmerich about Edward de Vere as Shakespeare, due in theaters September 3o, 2011…

One official description reads:

Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds ranging from Mark Twain and Charles Dickens to Henry James and Sigmund Freud, namely: who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.

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  1. That’s a very provocative poster that just clouds the issue and antagonizes people. It is certainly not the way to attract new people. Shakespeare may have been a pseudonym but he certainly wasn’t a fraud.

    • I totally agree. “Fraud” is harsh. And inaccurate.

  2. I agree with Mr. Schumann.

    The image is great because it hides the face of de Vere.

    But “fraud” is not the word one uses for Shakespeare.
    It might have been better if they had use:

    “Was Shakespeare a MASK”?

    • Right. Someone in Hollywood trying to get attention and only serving to alienate … and helping to feed the idea of conspiracy. Well, I’ve seen it before. In my own case, I usually hated the designs for covers of my books. What they came up with was often the opposite of what I expected and intended. You are correct — mask. MORE on this one — bottom line is that I’m glad for something that grabs attention and then sparks interest.

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