Last Will. & Testament Premieres at Austin Film Festival

Posted By on October 24, 2012

1604 Production’s Last Will. & Testament, the most current  documentary on the Shakespearean question (not to mention the most professional that has been been produced since the 1987 Frontline “Shakespeare Mystery”), premiered last weekend at the Austin film festival. Last Will brings together authorship scholars from all over the world, including cameo appearances by Dr. Johnathan Bate and Dr. Stanley Wells, arguing (sort of) for the orthodox attribution of the works.

According to Wells the average Shakespearean biography is “95% fiction and 5% fact.”  Yet the traditional case is “beyond reasonable doubt.”

Are we having fun yet?

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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