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The Belly of an Architect (1987)

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An American architect arrives in Italy, supervising an exhibition for a French architect, Boullée, who is famous for his oval structures. Through the course of 9 months he becomes obsessed ... See full summary »

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Louisa Kracklite
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Caspasian Speckler
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Io Speckler
Stefania Casini ...
Flavia Speckler
Vanni Corbellini ...
Frederico
Alfredo Varelli ...
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Geoffrey Copleston ...
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Francesco Carnelutti ...
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Marino Masé ...
Trettorio
Marne Maitland ...
Battistino
Claudio Spadaro ...
Mori
Rate Furlan ...
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Julian Jenkins ...
Old Doctor
Enrica Maria Scrivano ...
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An American architect arrives in Italy, supervising an exhibition for a French architect, Boullée, who is famous for his oval structures. Through the course of 9 months he becomes obsessed with his belly, suffers severe stomach pains, loses his wife, exhibition, his unborn child and finally his own life. Written by Ofir Zwebner <ofirz@hotmail.com>

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23 September 1987 (France)  »

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Der Bauch des Architekten  »

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$287,725 (USA)
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When photocopying the picture of Augustus, Kracklite puts the picture in upside down which would have given a blank copy (unless the same picture was on both sides). Additionally, it would not be possible to achieve the level of resolution of Augustus' abdomen from such a small picture. See more »

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Stourley Kracklite: All fascists are meat-eaters.
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Fantastic Film
23 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite Greenaway films. Story, visuals, metaphor, acting, music...it's got it all. The visuals of Rome are stunning. Wim Mertens' musical accompaniment is brilliant and on par with any modern minimalist composition. After years of seeing his TV roles, I was completely floored by the depth and authenticity Brian Dennehey brought to the main character. I've watched this film at least a dozen times over the years and enjoy it thoroughly each time. Unlike a previous reviewer, I don't see the need to judge this film based on how much it resembles previous or subsequent Greenaway films. "Belly of An Architect" is not as abstract as some of the other Greenaway films, but that shouldn't be viewed as a negative. The film is great and rich in its own right. I highly recommend it.


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