Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

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From the novel, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, by Lawrence Sterne

Which this otter blushes to admit that she has never read.

But I do like Steve Coogan, and this got great WoM. So I took it along with me when I went to the Red Cross for my first apheresis appointment in two years (tattoos, had to wait).

It was a library dvd, and very short (90 odd minutes) so I took The Fountain along as a backup. And I have to say, after having seen both, I was not only pleased that this one was in perfectly good condition (unlike the dvd of High School Musical I checked out at the library, which was worn out at all the good dance numbers…I’ll review that later after I get my hands on another copy) but also that I saw this first, because it was extremely enjoyable, since when I got to it, The Fountain…wasn’t.

Anyway. This is a movie of an ‘unfilmable novel’, evidently full of rambling asides and long stories about everything in the world except the actual plot. The way they managed to make the movie was to make a movie of themselves MAKING the movie. Which means that interspersed with actual scenes from the book are asides where the actors (in costume and out) talk to the camera, various meetings, discussions about the book, various happenings in the cast and crew’s lives, and travel from one location to another.

And it works, brilliantly. It’s funny, charming, interesting and a treat to watch. I am so looking forward to reading the book that inspired this movie. I brought the DVD home from the Red Cross, handed it to Mr. Otter, and just said, watch it tonight while I play games with my posse, you’ll love it. (Mr. Otter eschews games, so I try to give him something bright and shiny to play with while I’m having fun.)

And he loved it too.

So don’t wait, even if (like us) you’ve never read the book. Don’t let that stop you. This is charming and funny and brilliant, an amazingly intelligent movie, and a whole lot of fun to watch.

Even with needles in both arms. Notwithstanding which, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing at the chestnut scene…

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