Hollywood out to convince you that Shakespeare was a fraud

Hollywood Dishonors the Bard – NYTimes.com.

ROLAND EMMERICH’S film “Anonymous,” which opens next week, “presents a compelling portrait of Edward de Vere as the true author of Shakespeare’s plays.” That’s according to the lesson plans that Sony Pictures has been distributing to literature and history teachers in the hope of convincing students that Shakespeare was a fraud. A documentary by First Folio Pictures (of which Mr. Emmerich is president) will also be part of this campaign.

So much for “Hey, it’s just a movie!”

Source: NY Times

The author calls this film propaganda, says it promotes conspiracy and has only the absence of evidence as evidence. Sounds like another film that ought to be labeled historical fiction or at best speculation since the claims are not strong.

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