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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
"A Cock and Bull Story" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 January 2006 (UK)
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Director Michael Winterbottom (Northam) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."

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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. Life is amorphous, too full and too rich to be captured in one narrative. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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£2,800,000 (estimated)

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$60,886 (USA) (27 January 2006)

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$1,247,453 (USA) (28 April 2006)
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much funny ado about nothing and everything
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Forget anything pedagogical that this film's title might unfortunately imply and as a result keep butts out of seats. it is wildly entertaining, ribald, and simply fun, fun, fun. all of which Sterne intended. the addition of the play within the play within the play is really brilliant.

I loved the behind the scenes bits of story that had to do with the failure of the film's execution-particularly the whole shoe business. By far the greatest bit was the piece about acting techniques. Steve Coogan at first imagines what hot (as in temperature) walnuts- or some type of nut-would feel like dropped down his trousers and caught next to his genitals. He tries many interpretations but the one that slayed the audience was when he actually dropped the "hot nuts" into his trousers in order to see how close his interpretation came to the actual reaction. it was uproariously entertaining.

i was wondering if winterbottom and gilliam have ever thought to produce something together? please sir may we have some more?


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