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Rated R · 94 minutes · 2006

Comedy
This is -- and isn't -- an adaptation of Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The 18th-century novel, described by Steve Coogan in the film itself as "a postmodern classic written before there was any modern to be post about," is highly acclaimed but very seldom read cover to cover, filled with tangents, digressions, and unusual stylistic tics (like having one entirely black page in the middle of the text). Director Michael Winterbottom initially intended to do a straight adaptation, only to find that a linear narrative version of the script only came to 30 pages. Adding another layer of postmodernity is the contemporary tale of filming the unfilmable, with Coogan playing an exaggerated, egomaniacal version of himself, similar to what you may have seen in Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes. What This Is Spinal Tap did for heavy metal concerts, Tristram Shandy does for the English period film; as an adaptation, it ranks alongside, well, Adaptation in the dramatic liberties it takes with the print-to-screen process.
Official Site: www.tristramshandymovie.com
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writer: Martin Hardy
Producer: Andrew Eaton
Cast: Steve Coogan, Roger Allam, Gillian Anderson, Elizabeth Berrington, Rob Brydon, James Fleet, Stephen Fry, Naomie Harris, Ian Hart and Keeley Hawes

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