The Belly of an Architect (1987)
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1987 Wide
Average Rating: 3.7/5
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American architect Stourley Kracklite (Brian Dennehy) comes with his young wife Louisa (Chloe Webb) to Rome to supervise an exhibition devoted to Etienne-Louis Boullée, a French architect of the 18th century. Suffering from severe abdominal pains, Stourley doesn't pay much attention to his pregnant wife, and she finds consolation in the arms of suave Caspasian Speckler (Lambert Wilson). Built from rigidly symmetrical images, the film has quite an unusual subject: the belly -- both the sick one
Jan 1, 1987 Wide
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There's a good deal here to relish, even if the piece as a whole eventually descends into the same hermetic serialism of motifs that has consumed most of Greenaway's pictures.
Brian Dennehy gives a towering performance as a middle-aged architect in Rome on a special project that becomes an obsession.
The most telling parallel is that between Kracklite, with his perpetual stomach upset, and director Greenaway: Both are pretentious gasbags.
Not one of Greenaway's more successful efforts
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