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''Anonymous'' is a 2011 drama from director Creator/RolandEmmerich.

The story is based on the theory that Creator/WilliamShakespeare did not author his plays, but was given them by the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere.

Not to be confused with [[Tropers/{{Anonymous}} the web vigilante group]].

!! The film invokes the following tropes:

* AnachronicOrder
* AncientConspiracy
* AnonymousAuthor: Edward, before Shakespeare starts taking credit for his plays.
* ArrangedMarriage: Between Edward and William Cecil's daughter.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** A man appears in the beginning to admit that the story is just an intellectual exercise, not hard history.
** The chronology is completely wrong. ''Theater/{{Macbeth}}'' is performed before ''Theater/{{Hamlet}}''. ''Macbeth'' is widely considered to be Shakespeare's last play, and directly references King James I (who ascends to the throne at the end of the film).
* BrickJoke: Ben Johnson complains that Essex's writing is just a passing hobby, saying "Last week it's gardening, now it's plays, next week it will be falconry!" Later, when Shakespeare is in Essex's study, there is a hooded falcon perched off to the side.
* DownerEnding
* EvilChancellor: William and Robert Cecil.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The Cecils and also William Shakespeare himself.
* HowWeGotHere
* TheHouseOfTudor
* LargeHam: Shakespeare
* ParentalIncest
* RealLifeRelative: Vanessa Redgrave plays the older Elizabeth; the younger Elizabeth is played by Redgrave's daughter, Joely Richardson.
* RealitySubtext: Creator/DerekJacobi (the Narrator) is a very prominent Anti-Stratfordian advocate. He also played the Chorus (i.e. the narrator) in Creator/KennethBranagh's ''HenryV''.
* SuccessionCrisis: With Queen Elizabeth old and having no legitimate children, the Cecils want James of Scotland to take the throne of England after her death. Edward wants it to go to the Earl of Essex.
* SurpriseIncest: Between [[spoiler: Edward and Elizabeth, his mother.]]
* TheVirginQueen
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory[=/=]BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Depends on whether you are an Stratfordian or Anti-stratfordian

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