Atlantis Films, ZDF probe “The Shakespeare Enigma”

ZDF Enterprises is distributing the film, which combines re-enactments and interviews with scholars to search for answers behind the mysteries surrounding the Bard.
September 14, 2011

In advance of Roland Emmerich’s film on William Shakespeare, Anonymous, coming to U.S. theaters next month, ZDF Enterprises is getting the word out about The Shakespeare Enigma, a new documentary that combines re-enactments and interviews with scholars to probe the mysteries surrounding the Bard.

Produced by Atlantis Films for ZDF and ZDF Enterprises, the film examines the questions regarding the true authorship of many of the plays attributed to Shakespeare throughout history.

The film also explores the theory that Christopher Marlowe, the young playwright who many scholars believe may have been the real author of some of the works, faked his own death at the age of 29 to avoid arrest and possible execution at the hands of Elizabeth I’s ministers. Shakespeare, according to the theory, acted as Marlowe’s “straw man,” freeing him up to concentrate on literature.

The film is directed by Eike Schmitz, and premiered on ZDF in April.

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