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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 slowly falls apart.

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Peter Greenaway

Writer:

Peter Greenaway
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Stourley Kracklite
Chloe Webb ... Louisa Kracklite
Lambert Wilson ... Caspasian Speckler
Sergio Fantoni ... Io Speckler
Stefania Casini ... Flavia Speckler
Vanni Corbellini Vanni Corbellini ... Frederico
Alfredo Varelli Alfredo Varelli ... Julio
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ... Caspetti
Francesco Carnelutti Francesco Carnelutti ... Pastarri
Marino Masé ... Trettorio
Marne Maitland ... Battistino
Claudio Spadaro ... Mori
Rate Furlan Rate Furlan ... Violinist
Julian Jenkins Julian Jenkins ... Old Doctor
Enrica Maria Scrivano Enrica Maria Scrivano ... Mother
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK | Italy

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English | Italian

Release Date:

16 October 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Arkitektens mage See more »

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Gross USA:

$287,725
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

the sound track is one of the best albums of Wim Mertens. Mertens is best known for his opus "Struggle for Pleasure". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Stourley Kracklite: All fascists are meat-eaters.
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Referenced in Peter Greenaway in Indianapolis (1997) See more »

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Excellent
18 May 2006 | by ricardo-delpozo-1See all my reviews

I only can say that Brian Dennehy is not the typical Greenaway actor, but Greenaway gets to work with him in order to take him to the summit of his work. It is over the fat policeman bored of what he does, alcoholic, disenchanted... Here, the American Architect, his wife, the exhibition, the Italian rival, everything is planned, and Greenway's work with actors gets the best performance Brian could ever have dreamt about. Besides, Peter Greenaway has made his masterpiece with this film in my opinion. I saw it for the first time when I was 16 (now, I'm 33) and I got truly impressed, thinking it was the best movie I had seen in my whole life. That is not much to say. Now, at 33, every time I see it I think the very same thing. Enjoy Greenaway's masterpiece!


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