A series of pieces worth reading on the movie “Anonymous,” opening this weekend.
1) James Shapiro, in the NYT Op-Ed section, takes on director Rolan Emmerich.
This bit in particular jumps out at me as worthy of note (especially at a contemporary moment that is witnessing the Occupy movement, protesting the sense that the privileged 1% get to make the rules):
“The case for Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, dates from 1920, when J. Thomas Looney, an English writer who loathed democracy and modernity, argued that only a worldly nobleman could have created such works of genius; Shakespeare, a glover’s son and money-lender, could never have done so.” (Bold face type mine.)
2) News that The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, in Stratford-upon-Avon, is protesting the film by pasting over Shakespeare’s name, wherever it appears, all over town.
— and a bit more on this from the BBC.
3) Some more background from the NYT.
4) A snarky little piece that made me laugh.
5) The great historian/thinker/critic Simon Schama takes up the pen over at the Daily Beast.
I wish I could find these study guides for English teachers that Sony Pictures is alleged to be handing out in concert with this movie. If anyone finds them online, post ‘em.