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Director Roland Emmerich takes a break from his long string of big-budget disaster films with Anonymous, a historical drama that suggests Shakespeare was a fraud. Edward de Vere (Rhys Ifans) is an aristocrat who yearns to write poetry and plays, but due to social and political constraints, he is forced to use a front for his political-minded works because they subtly encourage Queen Elizabeth to alter her plan for succession in a way that is in direct opposition to her most-trusted political advisers. When drunken, illiterate, fame-hungry actor William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall) passes off the plays as his own, de Vere finds his man, but eventually he is blackmailed when the morally dubious thespian wants more and more. Anonymous screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:October 28, 2011

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lisy Christl Best Costume Design 2011 Nominee
Art Directors Guild Sebastian Krawinkel Best Art Direction in a Period Film 2011 Nominee

Cast

Rhys Ifans
as Earl of Oxford
Vanessa Redgrave
as Queen Elizabeth I
Sebastian Armesto
as Ben Johnson
Rafe Spall
as William Shakespeare
David Thewlis
as William Cecil
Xavier Samuel
as Earl of Southampton
Jamie Campbell Bower
as Young Earl of Oxford
Joely Richardson
as Young Queen Elizabeth I
Paolo DeVita
as Francesco
Robert Emms
as Thomas Dekker
Julian Bleach
as Captain Richard Pole
Derek Jacobi
as Prologue
Alex Hassell
as Spencer
Mark Rylance
as Condell
Jasper Britton
as Pope
Ned Dennehy
as Interrogator
John Keogh
as Philip Henslowe
Lloyd Hutchinson
as Richard Burbage
Paula Schramm
as Bridget De Vere
Shaun Lawton
as Footman
Detlef Bothe
as John De Vere
Christian Sengewald
as Cecil's Spy Servant
Axel Sichrovsky
as Essex General
Nic Romm
as Usher
Henry Lloyd-Hughes
as Bear Baiter
Rainer Guldener
as Quince

Crew

Roland Emmerich
Director
Roland Emmerich
Producer
Robert Leger
Producer
Larry Franco
Producer
John Orloff
Screen Story
John Orloff
Screenwriter
Anna Foerster
Cinematographer
Harald Kloser
Composer (Music Score)
Thomas Wander
Composer (Music Score)
Peter R. Adam
Editor
Sebastian Krawinkel
Production Designer
Stephan O. Gessler
Supervising Art Director
Kirstin Winkler
Co-producer
Henning Molfenter
Co-producer
Christoph Fisser
Co-producer
John Orloff
Executive Producer
Marc Weigert
Executive Producer
Volker Engel
Executive Producer
Simon Boucherie
Set Decorator
Lisy Christl
Costume Designer
Hubert Bartholomae
Sound/Sound Designer
Manfred Banach
Sound Mixer
Lissy Holm
Casting
Leo Davis
Casting
Gerd Feuchter
Special Effects Supervisor
Marcus Schmidt
Special Effects Technician
Rainer Werner
Stunts Coordinator
Heike Merker
Key Hairstylist
Daniela Skala
Makeup
Daniela Skala
Hair Styles
Tanja Däberitz
Second Assistant Director
Miki Emmrich
Unit Production Manager
Marcus Loges
Line Producer
Till Hertrich
Special Effects Foreman
Christoph Lanksch
Leadman
Rolf Hanke
Special Effects Foreman
Sabine Schumann
Hair Styles
Sabine Schumann
Makeup
Marc Weigert
Visual Effects Supervisor
Hubert Bartholomae
Re-Recording Mixer
Helmut Rühl
Hair Styles
Helmut Rühl
Makeup
Hubert Bartholomae
Supervising Sound Editor
Volker Engel
Visual Effects Supervisor
Christiane Weber
Hair Styles
Christiane Weber
Makeup
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