Saturday, November 12, 2011

German press responds to Emmerich's Anonymous

Hanno Wember of the Shake-speare Today website reports from Germany that major media in Germany has responded to Roland Emmerich's Shakespeare authorship film, Anonymous:
Film release was Thursday [in Germany]. All major German (Austrian / Swiss) newspapers, magazines, many broadcast and TV-stations and an uncounted number of smaller media respond to the film [Anonymous]. Among them Frankfurter Allgemeine, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, Die Welt, Neue Zuricher Zeitung, Financial Times Deutschland, Berliner Zeitung, Berliner Morgenpost, Der Tagespiegel, Salzburger Nachrichten, Wiener Zeitung, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Focus, Stern, SWr, NDr, RTL . . . -- many with full-page articles, some even twice or thrice this week. During the last week we have posted 30 links on our webpage, but this is only one third or even less of the full number: vast majority welcomed the film, taking the authorship question seriously, only few remained critical, and very few hostile. “Der Tagespiegel” offered the headline “Fakespeare lebt” (Fakespeare lives) and “BILD”, the most popular tabloid newspaper in Germany [wrote]: Ein Historien-Thriller enträtselt das größte Geheimnis der Welt-Literatur" (A historical thriller unraveling the greatest mystery of the world literature).
Wember added that an interesting interview with Vanessa Redgrave appeared in the Frankfurter Rundschau titled “Du must große Fehler machen” (You must make great mistakes.) at,9548600,11136716.html. Here is a short quote translation from Wember:
Q: You have played many great Shakespearean roles. Does it not bother you if in a film like "Anonymous" his authorship is in question?
V.R: I find this question fascinating. Even before I learned that another person might have written these plays, I was irritated by some points in the biography of Shakespeare….
Q: You can follow this theory, then?V.R: I have not read all studies on the subject. But I have to say that the professors who insist on the authorship of William Shakespeare, are very narrow minded. And I like now even unbiased, open-minded people. A film like "Anonymous" opens up all sorts of ideas, and he also deepens our love for these pieces. So I find it very exiting…. (emphasis mine, HW.)
 Editor's note: Click on the "ENGLISH" tab on the Shake-speare Today website for a generic translation of the page.