We are going to take a look at dialogue from a Oldsmobile car TV commercial , an episode from a cartoon series known as Mr. Peabody and the WayBack Machine , a scene from the film, The Amateur , a scene from the film, Elizabeth and Essex, a short note on the origins of the movie Shakespeare in Love, and see and hear a short animation of Shakespeare from the folks at MTV.
In 1994, Oldsmobile car company ran an ad that was called,"Open Minded." The commercial begins with the traditional Droeshout image of Shakespeare followed by the narrator asking "Do you think Shakespeare wrote the plays?" Then there's a cut to a still frame with the words, "Possibly not." The ad goes on to challenge another traditional idea by asking , "Do you think the Universe started with a big bang?" Again, the words "Possibly Not" appear. The ad goes on to show that the car they are promoting is reliable, dependable in a changing world.
In the 1960's a popular cartoon series appeared in homes across America called "Rocky and Bullwinkle". After the segment was over there appeared a cartoon segment called, "Mr. Peabody and the Wayback Machine." Both were made by animation genius Jay Ward. "Mr. Peabody and the Wayback Machine" was a delightful series in which the central characters, Sherman and Mr. Peabody, the know it all character in the form of a dog travel back in time and visit history's famous personalities. One episode begins with Mr. Peabody announcing they are going to visit Mr. William Shakespeare. The scene changes to where our intrepid characters are standing outside an Elizabethan theatre with a sign that says, "Romeo and Zelda" by William Shakespeare.Sherman looks up bewildered by the sign. Let's pick up the dialogue from here....
Sherman- Now playing a new play,
Romeo and Zelda?
The Amateur a dramatic film that
came out in 1982 starring Christopher Plummer, John Savage,
Marthe Keller, Arthur Hill, and directed by Charles Jarrott
has several scenes in which Francis Bacon and Shakespeare
are mentioned. The plot centers around the girlfriend of a
CIA computer expert who is murdered. Her boyfriend (Savage's
character) decides to doggedly hunt down her killer. In the
beginning of his search the Savage character meets with CIA
brass to explain how he plans to use Big Bertha, the CIA
computer, to run down a facsimile of a 1586 letter from Mary
Queen of Scots that portends that she is planning to murder
Elizabeth 1st. Savage tells the CIA boss that he is "looking
for numerical sequences, acrostics, Elizabethan substitution
systems and Bacon's biliteral cyphers." Then there is a
scene in which Savage attends a lecture on Shakespeare and
Bacon cyphers by a university professor played by
Christopher Plumber. Later the two characters meet up on a
train ride sharing the same compartment. Let's pick up the
The 1939 film, Elizabeth and Essex stars Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth, Errol Flynn as Essex and Donald Crisp (how ironic) as Francis Bacon. Although the film portrays an orthodox understanding of the three not as mother and sons it does however illustrate the hot tempered relation between Essex and Elizabeth with Bacon as counselor for both. The following scene is both dramatic and pivotal in regards to the fate of Essex.
The hit movie, "Shakespeare in Love" was loosely
based on the hilarious fictional book, No Bed For Bacon
authored by British writers Caryl Brahms and S. J. Simon first
published in 1941. The story imagines that Sir Francis Bacon wishes
to acquire a bed that "Queen Elizabeth has slept on to leave his
children's children's children as a gilt-edged investment." There is
an early scene in the book that begins at the back of the theatre.
Bacon is speaking eloquently while Willy Shakesper is seated next him
and is tracing his signatures on a pad. However, the film opens with
a similar scene with Shaksper writing his name down but they
eliminated the Francis Bacon part, in fact Bacon is left out of the