2011. Great Britain/Germany. Roland Emmerich. 130 min.
Friday, November 25, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2011. Great Britain/Germany. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Screenplay by John Orloff. With Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Rafe Spall. All hail Studio Babelsberg! The German studio that in 1927 gave us Fritz Lang's science-fiction classic Metropolis now, at 99 years of age, gives us another kind of extravagant fiction. Emmerich's exercise in speculative history is a smart, rousing tale of nefarious doings in and around London and the court of Elizabeth I at a time when life was, for the most part, nasty, brutish, and short. Anonymous suggests, with the conviction of a good storyteller, that the author of such popular plays as Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream was not the buffoonish actor known as Shakespeare but the nobleman Edward de Vere who, for the sake of self-preservation, needed an authorial beard. Anonymous boasts an enthusiastic cast that includes the sublime Redgrave as the-not-so-Virgin-Queen, and Redgrave's daughter, Joely Richardson, as a young Elizabeth Tudor. Courtesy Sony Pictures. 130 min.