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The Belly of an Architect

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Genre  Drama
Music director  Wim Mertens, Glenn Branca
Writer  Peter Greenaway
Language  English
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Director  Peter Greenaway
Initial DVD release  June 15, 2004
Country  United Kingdom / Italy
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Release date  1987
Cast  Brian Dennehy (Stourley Kracklite), Chloe Webb (Louisa Kracklite), Lambert Wilson (Caspasian Speckler), Sergio Fantoni (Io Speckler), Stefania Casini (Flavia Speckler), Vanni Corbellini (Frederico)
Similar movies  Knock Knock, The Last Witch Hunter, Pitch Perfect 2, Jupiter Ascending, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers

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The Belly of an Architect is a 1987 film drama written and directed by Peter Greenaway, featuring original music by Glenn Branca and Wim Mertens. Starring Brian Dennehy and Chloe Webb, it was nominated for the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.


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The American architect Stourley Kracklite has been commissioned to construct an exhibition in Rome dedicated to the architecture of Étienne-Louis Boullée. Doubts arise among his Italian colleagues about the legitimacy of Boullée among the pantheon of famed architects, perhaps because Boullée was an inspiration for Adolf Hitler's architect Albert Speer.

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Tirelessly dedicated to the project, Kracklite's marriage deteriorates, along with his health. His social and physical decline corresponds to the decline of his idol Boullée, who until the 20th century was hardly known.

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Kracklite becomes obsessed with the historical Caesar Augustus after hearing that Livia, his wife, supposedly poisoned him. Kracklite assumes that his own wife, Louisa, is trying to do the same because he is suffering increasing stomach pains.

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She informs him that she is pregnant, and is sexually involved with the younger co-organiser of the exhibition.

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He discovers that he has a stomach cancer and has not long to live. The film ends at opening ceremony, which Kracklite watches from a higher vantage point. Louisa gives birth to their child, and Kracklite jumps to his death.


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Director Greenaway's visual technique heightens Kracklite's alienation. There are few close-up shots of the other actors beside Dennehy, who himself is dwarfed by the dominance of the Roman architecture surrounding him.

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Greenaway's trademark historical reenactments also compose a major theme: many visual images of the film appear to replicate major 18th-century works of art and architecture. In addition there are subtle references to Isaac Newton and the law of gravity, perhaps alluding to Kracklite's own inability to escape the physical laws of mortality.


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

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