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Encyclopedia > A Cock and Bull Story
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

Tristram Shandy film poster
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Produced by Andrew Eaton
Written by Laurence Sterne
(novel),
Frank Cottrell Boyce
(as Martin Hardy)
Starring Steve Coogan,
Rob Brydon
Music by Michael Nyman
Cinematography Marcel Zyskind
Distributed by Redbus (UK)
Picturehouse (USA)
Release date(s) January 20, 2006
Running time 94 minutes
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

For the novel by Will Self see Cock and Bull, for the expression, see Cock and Bull. Image File history File linksMetadata Tristram_Shandy_film. ... Winterbottom at the Toronto International Film Festival. ... Andrew Eaton is a film editor and the recipient of several awards including the British Independent Film Award Producer of the Year 2000. ... Laurence Sterne Laurence Sterne (November 24, 1713 – March 18, 1768) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and clergyman. ... Frank Cottrell Boyce is a British screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor, best known for his collaborations with film director Michael Winterbottom. ... Stephen John Steve Coogan (born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, impressionist, and comedian. ... Rob Brydon (born Robert Brydon Jones, May 3, 1965, Baglan, Port Talbot) is a Welsh actor, comedian and impressionist most famous for his role as Keith Barret in the BBC comedy Marion and Geoff and The Keith Barret Show. ... Michael Nyman (born March 23, 1944) is a British minimalist composer, pianist, librettist and musicologist, perhaps best known for the many scores he wrote during his lengthy collaboration with the British filmmaker Peter Greenaway. ... Redbus Interhouse is a European colocation provider. ... Picturehouse is a specialty film company formed in 2005 as a joint venture of New Line Cinema and HBO, as such it is a subsidiary of Time Warner. ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Will Self William Self (born September 26, 1961) is an English novelist, reviewer and columnist. ... Among the first of the Selfian fictions, these twin novellas are typically amusing pastiches of all things bourgeoise, and in particular all things psychoanalytical. ... In the United Kingdom, from approximately the mid-seventeenth century for a period of about 200 years, the Coaching Inn was a vital part of the inland transport infrastructure. ...


A Cock and Bull Story (released in the United States and Australia as Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) is a 2006 British comedy directed by Michael Winterbottom. It is a film-within-a-film, with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing themselves as the egotistical lead and "co-lead" actors in an adaptation of the novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne. It was released on both Region 1 and Region 2 DVD in July 2006. // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Winterbottom at the Toronto International Film Festival. ... Stephen John Steve Coogan (born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, impressionist, and comedian. ... Rob Brydon (born Robert Brydon Jones, May 3, 1965, Baglan, Port Talbot) is a Welsh actor, comedian and impressionist most famous for his role as Keith Barret in the BBC comedy Marion and Geoff and The Keith Barret Show. ... The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (or, more briefly, Tristram Shandy) is a novel by Laurence Sterne. ... Laurence Sterne Laurence Sterne (November 24, 1713 – March 18, 1768) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and clergyman. ... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Plot

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play stereotyped actor versions of their real selves, in which Coogan has his lead role in a film production brought into question half way through the film's chronology. The film may have a simple plot, but has many layers of integrated narration making its filmography complex.


Most of the film is devoted to the 'frame' story about Coogan as the actor and the making of the film. The parts of the novel that are covered by the film are limited to the story of Tristram's conception, birth and christening; Uncle Toby's experiences at the battle of Namur; Tristram's sudden and accidental circumcision at the age of three; and the concluding scene of the novel, wherein Yorick says "It is a story about a Cock and a Bull - and the best of its kind that ever I heard!" Namur (Nameûr in Walloon, Namen in Dutch) is a city and municipality, capital of the province of Namur and of the region of Wallonia in southern Belgium. ... Seixas Family circumcision set and trunk, ca. ...


Cast

Stephen John Steve Coogan (born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, impressionist, and comedian. ... Rob Brydon (born Robert Brydon Jones, May 3, 1965, Baglan, Port Talbot) is a Welsh actor, comedian and impressionist most famous for his role as Keith Barret in the BBC comedy Marion and Geoff and The Keith Barret Show. ... Keeley Hawes (born 1 January 1977 in London) is an English actress, best known for her role as Zoe Reynolds in the BBC One drama series Spooks (2002-2004). ... Shirley Henderson (born November 24, 1965) is a British actress. ... Gillian Leigh Anderson (born August 9, 1968) is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, best known for her roles as FBI Agent Dana Scully in the American TV series The X-Files and Lady Dedlock in the BBC TV series Bleak House. ... Dylan Moran (born November 3, 1971) is a good (but not great) Irish comedian, actor and writer. ... David Walliams (born David Williams, August 20, 1971) is an English comedy actor, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas in the sketch show Little Britain. ... Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English comedian, writer, actor, novelist, filmmaker and television personality. ... Jeremy Philip Northam (born December 1, 1961 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England) is an English actor. ... Ian Hart (born 8 October 1964) is an English actor. ... James Fleet is a British actor, most famous for his role as the bumbling and well-meaning Tom in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral, a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. ... Harris as Sophie in the 2004 film After the Sunset Naomie Melanie Harris (born September 6, 1976 in London) is an English actress. ... Kelly Macdonald (born February 23, 1976) is a Scottish actress, born in Glasgow, Scotland. ...

External links

  • Official site (U.K.)
  • Official site (U.S.)
  • A Cock and Bull Story at the Internet Movie Database
  • Seamus Sweeney Give us a real adaptation of Tristram Shandy rather than another film about film-making: Michael Winterbottom's A Cock and Bull Story Social Affairs Unit Web Review, February 2006
  • Slant Magazine Film Review by Keith Uhlich
  • Tristram Shandy : From the book to the film (French), culture-cafe.net, July 11, 2006.
  • The Neverending Story: Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy, Slate.com, February 3, 2006.

  Results from FactBites:
 
A Cock and Bull Story Film Review - Time Out Film (696 words)
Like its source, ‘A Cock and Bull Story’ shows a keen but indulgent eye for the necessary absurdities of procreation, the idealism and vanity that bustle commingled around the bringing-forth of both life and art.
Making-of featurettes and filmmakers’ commentaries are also strikingly close to the supporting textual apparatus with which ‘Tristram Shandy’ groans; ‘Cock and Bull…’s narration explicitly mentions the DVD extras ‘which will act as footnotes to the main story’.
In finding common ground between one of the earliest novels and a film poised on the cusp of interactivity, ‘Cock and Bull…’ rejects the realist approach that has flourished in between, boldly embracing the fact of authorship rather than trying to conceal it.
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