Sony is holding a special screening of Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous" tonight on the lot after bowing the film at Toronto last month. The occasion isn't typical, though. Emmerich is on hand, along with entertainment attorney and author Bert Fields, to receive the Crystal Quill Award for contributions to the Shakespeare authorship debate.
"Anonymous," of course, depicts the Oxfordian point of view, that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was the true author of William Shakespeare's classic works. The film was actually met with a slightly more welcoming reaction at Toronto than I had originally anticipated.
You might recall I was a huge fan of the film when I saw it just before Telluride. "I think it’s [Emmerich's] best work yet," I wrote at the time. "[Screenwriter John] Orloff has spun a fascinating yarn, itself of near Shakespearean tragedy. It’s a complex interplay of relationships and motives, incest and politics that is ultimately about the power of the written word to change hearts and minds, the enduring nature of art and, above all, the integrity of an artist."