A Cock and Bull Story


The novel, ''The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Esq.'' by Laurence Sterne is considered by many to be unfilmable, due to its odd construction and rambling plotline. Director Winterbottom gives it a go anyway, by not actually filming it. Instead, he presents a story about a small cast and crew trying to film this unfilmable book. The action moves back and forth between the real-world actors, and their counterparts in the 18th century, which provides the backdrop for clever jokes and acting/moviemaking references. This film is most likely to appeal to experienced filmgoers and industry insiders.

94 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language).
Comedy, On the art circuit
So how does this duelling business work again?
So how does this duelling business work again?

Credits

Cast
Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Keeley Hawes, Shirley Henderson, Raymond Waring, Naomie Harris, Gillian Anderson
Director
Michael Winterbottom
ScreenplayFrank Cottrell Boyce, from the novel by Laurence Sterne
MusicEdward Nogria
CinematographyMarcel Zyskind
EditingPeter Christelis
Sound formatsDolby Digital
Made in2005
Produced byBBC Films, Baby Cow Productions Ltd., East Midlands Media Initiative, Newmarket Films, Prescience Film Fund, Revolution Films, Scion Film Limited

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageStrong language
NudityBrief
SexStrongly implied
ViolenceLow impact
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
3
Guns / Weapons
2
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
1
Frightening / Tense Scenes
1
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
2
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith
20
Die Burger
Jacques Liebenberg
10
Cape Times
Carina Chocano
15
Good Weekend
Ty Burr
15
Mail & Guardian
Shaun de Waal
14
The Citizen
Leon van Nierop
14
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
5
BBC
Adrian Hennigan
20
Box Office
Shlomo Schwartzberg
13
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
20
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
13
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers
15
ScreenIt
14

What the People say

Internet
2424 Netizens
14

Average .. 72%

14




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