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Anonymous

There has long been a theory that William Shakespeare isn't really the author of the body of work accredited to him. But if this were true, who then is the real writer? Anonymous poses an answer to that question, which is intertwined with Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex Rebellion. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 128
Theater Release: 29 Oct 2011
Video Release: 07 Feb 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

For those who have been out of English classes for a while, what is iambic pentameter? Why would it be so difficult to write an entire play using this poetic format? What does it say about the person who could do this? How does this example play into the controversy about Shakespeare?

The Earl of Essex believes that all art is political and if it is not political it is not art. Why is he so driven to write? How did the popular culture of the time (found in the theater) color the opinions and ideas of the public? How do movies and music in our time do the same thing?

Could this story be told as effectively in a linear fashion rather than using flashbacks? What are the advantages of this style in this movie?

Discover the myths about Queen Elizabeth I.

Get more details about William Shakespeare.

To learn more about the Essex rebellion check here.

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About the Reviewer: Kerry Bennett

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