This trailer opens with panning shots of modern day New York City, one of the hubs of the contemporary English stage. But when it when it finds its voice and becomes extraordinary is in the stunning transition to 17th Century London. The copy is at first written onto an old looking page with a feather pen. But after the transition it becomes copy that explodes off the screen in symbolic blotches of ink — a unique and powerful device.
Most impressive are the bold and unlikely choices in sound design. Whereas the opening scenes of modern day Manhattan are accompanied by antiquated stringed instruments, the following scenes of Elizabethan London use the contemporary, computerized sounds of Radiohead. The brilliant contrast gives this period drama sharp resonance for the Google-generation. And pervading in every shot is the profound irony that the greatest writer in the history of mankind could be “Anonymous.”