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The Belly of an Architect (1987)

R | | Drama | 16 October 1987 (UK)
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An architect supervising an exhibition starts to have mysterious stomach pains while his life begins to fall apart.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stourley Kracklite
... Louisa Kracklite
... Caspasian Speckler
... Io Speckler
... Flavia Speckler
Vanni Corbellini ... Frederico
Alfredo Varelli ... Julio
Geoffrey Copleston ... Caspetti
Francesco Carnelutti ... Pastarri
... Trettorio
... Battistino
Claudio Spadaro ... Mori
Rate Furlan ... Violinist
Julian Jenkins ... Old Doctor
Enrica Maria Scrivano ... Mother
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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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Der Bauch des Architekten  »

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Brian Dennehy was quoted after the release as saying "I've made lots of movies but only one film." See more »

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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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Second Greenaway I got see. I love him so far!
10 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Welcome to Greenaway cinema. Having seen only his 'hit' The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover(1989) and this, I cannot say much for the sum of his films. I will simply try to find and watch more film of his. His comments and quotes here in IMDb are impressive as well.

On to the film: Shot in Rome, it will thrill people with interest on architecture both visually, but thematically as well, well at least at some points. The musical score is stunning. It suits the theme and climax that Greenaway masterfully builds. As with The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover, it is not various separate songs. All the soundtrack songs together form a thriumph of visual and audio art, suggesting my point about the importance of film soundtracks for an effective impact on viewer. This is a sad story, but it features some light points where joy and lust for life is celebrated - at least for my eyes and ears.

Those who criticise Greenaway for attempting only to shock the viewers have simply lost the point. Anyway. The Belly of an architect is no violent film, so it is highly recommended to those interested in films, maybe a bit 'arty', but with heart .


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