Tristram Shandy

Tristram Shandy

A Cock and Bull Story

DVD - 2006
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A rollicking, inventive adaptation of the notoriously unfilmable British comic novel The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman, written by Laurence Sterne. Shandy's warped tales reveal far more than any conventional autobiography.

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Nursebob
Jul 26, 2016

Director Michael Winterbottom’s attempt to make a film out of Laurence Sterne’s 18th century novel “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman”—a book deemed “unfilmable” due to its convoluted and highly subjective nature—doesn’t produce quite enough humour to flesh out this ninety-minute mockumentary despite such comedy heavyweights as Steve Coogan, Dylan Moran, and Stephen Fry. The period sequences themselves provide some very funny send-ups of English gentry but after the first thirty minutes it all begins to muddle and drag. This is not "Day for Night" by any stretch.

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gunny68
Sep 30, 2013

it is the only DVD that i eve toosd in the trash.

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22950006357453
Sep 18, 2013

this was only a warm up to 'the trip'

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kevinmann
Nov 19, 2012

Very funny film. If you enjoy it, also try The Trip.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 03, 2012

I generally enjoy British humour but somehow this film has completely failed to engage me. In fact, I gave up half way as I believed my time could be better used to view other better films from the library.

Mee2 Jun 15, 2012

The best way to explain this movie is through the IMDB Storyline. After reading it, I am sure you won't waste your time watching! "Two actors, as their make up is applied, talk about the size of their parts. Then into the film: Laurence Sterne's unfilmable novel, Tristram Shandy, a fictive autobiography wherein the narrator, interrupted constantly, takes the entire story to be born. The film tracks between "Shandy" and behind the scenes. Size matters: parts, egos, shoes, noses. The lead's girlfriend, with their infant son, is up from London for the night, wanting sex; interruptions are constant. Scenes are shot, re-shot, and discarded. The purpose of the project is elusive. Fathers and sons; men and women; cocks and bulls."

Mee2 Jun 15, 2012

The best way to explain this movie is through the IMDB Storyline. After reading it, I am sure you won't waste your time watching! "Two actors, as their make up is applied, talk about the size of their parts. Then into the film: Laurence Sterne's unfilmable novel, Tristram Shandy, a fictive autobiography wherein the narrator, interrupted constantly, takes the entire story to be born. The film tracks between "Shandy" and behind the scenes. Size matters: parts, egos, shoes, noses. The lead's girlfriend, with their infant son, is up from London for the night, wanting sex; interruptions are constant. Scenes are shot, re-shot, and discarded. The purpose of the project is elusive. Fathers and sons; men and women; cocks and bulls."

lilybelle Sep 26, 2009

Fantastic film based on an unfilmable book. Very original.

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lilybelle Sep 26, 2009

"It was a post-modern classic before there was any modernism to be post about."

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