Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Shandying it

As reported in the Guardian, there is now a film version of Tristram Shandy. Director Michael Winterbottom (a name right out of Sterne's novel) has opted for a racier title--Cock and Bull Story--and resorted to various postmodern shenanigans to capture the book's antic, endlessly digressive texture. He's also been generous with the slapstick. The famous scene where the hot chestnut falls into the vicar's pants is rumored to be a highlight, and a reminder that we're not watching the umpteenth adaptation of Jane Austen.

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