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The Belly of an Architect

The Belly of an Architect (1987)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1987 Wide

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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

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Drama, Comedy, Special Interest

Peter Greenaway

Jun 15, 2004

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1) | DVD (4)

Dennehy achieves Brando-esque emotional power.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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.

August 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Brian Dennehy gives a towering performance as a middle-aged architect in Rome on a special project that becomes an obsession.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The most telling parallel is that between Kracklite, with his perpetual stomach upset, and director Greenaway: Both are pretentious gasbags.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Not one of Greenaway's more successful efforts

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brian Dennehy comes up with a big performance...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Belly of an Architect

A Belly of transgression.Snatching Mertens,offering Dennehy his must-see performance and yes folks,this is Peter Greenaway,out of the best directors working in and most importantly for cinema.Gasping with awe,the appropriate toast to a twisting little diamond from Albion.Nations,personalities collide with misery and treachery.Amongst 87's works of art for sure.
October 3, 2008
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