In Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the commoners who populated the cramped standing-room-only section below the stage were referred to as the groundlings. These were the members of the audience who supposedly wanted ribald humor, mayhem, and good old-fashioned entertainment from their theater experiences. Director Roland Emmerich’s entire career has been about making movies for the modern-day equivalent of the groundlings. But with Anonymous
, his historical drama set in Shakespearean times, Emmerich ambitiously aims to please the entire theater.
The movie stars Rhys Ifans as Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford. De Vere is a writer and poet, although his p...