The Belly Of An Architect

  • 1987
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A film to either love or loathe. Exquisitely composed film about obsession reaffirms director Peter Greenaway's reputation as a meticulous visual artist. Stourley Kracklite (Brian Dennehy), a corpulent Chicago architect of some renown, travels to Rome with his considerably younger wife Louisa (Chloe Webb) to oversee an exhibition commemorating the work...read more

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A film to either love or loathe. Exquisitely composed film about obsession reaffirms director Peter Greenaway's reputation as a meticulous visual artist. Stourley Kracklite (Brian Dennehy), a corpulent Chicago architect of some renown, travels to Rome with his considerably younger wife

Louisa (Chloe Webb) to oversee an exhibition commemorating the work of Etienne Louis Boullee, a little-known but visionary 18th-century French architect. A handsome young Italian architect, Caspasian Speckler (Lambert Wilson), is in charge of the project's finances, and he covets both Kracklite's

control of the exhibition and his wife. Kracklite's world begins to crumble as he becomes obsessed with the chronic abdominal pains from which he suffers, making him oblivious to Speckler's machinations. Dennehy's extraordinary performance buoys the film, and Wilson is entirely convincing as the

rival architect, but Webb is badly miscast. The main attractions here are Greenaway's densely textured compositions, each one a triumph of symmetry and design.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A film to either love or loathe. Exquisitely composed film about obsession reaffirms director Peter Greenaway's reputation as a meticulous visual artist. Stourley Kracklite (Brian Dennehy), a corpulent Chicago architect of some renown, travels to Rome with… (more)

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