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Students protest 'Anonymous' film, defend Shakespeare

October 29, 2011 |  6:21 pm

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy students wearing T-shirts that protest the plot of 'Anonymous' on October 28, 2011. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

A couple dozen La Cañada Flintridge students donning handmade T-shirts gathered at ArcLight Cinemas in Pasadena Friday afternoon to protest the plot of the film “Anonymous,” which claims that Shakespeare didn’t write any of his celebrated plays.

The field trip was led by Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy British Literature teacher Maureen Grady, who learned of the film through one of its actors, Vanessa Redgrave. Grady said Redgrave, who plays Queen Elizabeth in “Anonymous,” replied to a letter the teacher wrote to her and said “I think you’re going to be upset at this move.”

Redgrave told her to write back once she saw the film, Grady told the Pasadena Sun.

Grady led her students to the Pasadena theater on Friday to view the 5 p.m. show. Before they sat down for the film, the students passed out an essay written by Tom Reedy and David Kathman titled “How We Know That Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare: The Historical Facts” and posed for group pictures.

They called themselves Occupy Anonymous, after the recent influx of Occupy Wall Street groups across various cities in America protesting big banks and corporations.


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Photo: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy English literature students gather Friday in front of ArcLight Cinemas in Pasadena to protest the release of 'Anonymous,' a movie that attempts to discredit Shakespeare. Credit: Tim Berger / Pasadena Sun