Anonymous: William Shakespeare Revealed (Pictorial Moviebook) :
Anonymous, directed by Roland Emmerich and written by John Orloff, speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds, ranging from Mark Twain and Charles Dickens to Sigmund Freud, Orson Welles, and Sir John Gielgud, namely: Who was the author of the 38 plays and 154 sonnets credited to William Shakespeare? The movie poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when scandalous 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. A riveting portrayal of the complex world of Shakespeare's times, the movie stars Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Derek Jacobi.
With 165 color images, this stunning visual companion captures the striking recreation of the Elizabethan period that imagines Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, as the true author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare. The brilliant work of the talented filmmakers is celebrated in this book that features:
In his introduction, Roland Emmerich tells how his reading of screenwriter John Orloff's script The Soul of the Age led to his fascination with the Shakespeare authorship mystery as the two worked together for more than ten years on what finally became Anonymous. He writes about choosing the extraordinary cast and marvels at how his amazing production crew was able to recreate 16th-century London.
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