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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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Peter Greenaway

Writer:

Peter Greenaway
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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 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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Release Date:

16 October 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Bauch des Architekten See more »

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$287,725
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Etienne-Louis Boullee (1728-1799) was a real architect. Many of his neoclassical designs that were built still exist, mostly in Paris, France. His project for the Cenotaph for Isaac Newton has been much studied by architects for its viability, not least by Albert Speer who modeled the New Berlin for Hitler. The cake presented to Kracklite at the initial banquet is a perfect replica of Boullee's drawings for the Isaac Newton Cenotaph. See more »

Goofs

The violinists (c.25 minutes and c. 99 minutes) mime very badly. 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 KGB-Greece-PatrasSee 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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