The Belly of an Architect
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American architect Stourley Kracklite (Brian Dennehy) comes with his young wife Louisa (Chloe Webb) to Rome to supervise an exhibition devoted to Etienne-Louis Boullée, a French architect of the 18th century. Suffering from severe abdominal pains, Stourley doesn't pay much attention to his pregnant wife, and she finds consolation in the arms of suave Caspasian Speckler (Lambert Wilson). Built from rigidly symmetrical images, the film has quite an unusual subject: the belly -- both the sick one of the architect and the pregnant one of his wife, the rounded forms alluding to the spherical… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dennehy achieves Brando-esque emotional power."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The most telling parallel is that between Kracklite, with his perpetual stomach upset, and director Greenaway: Both are pretentious gasbags."
‑ Jake Euker,
"There's a good deal here to relish, even if the piece as a whole eventually descends into the same hermetic serialism of motifs that has consumed most of Greenaway's pictures."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Not one of Greenaway's more successful efforts"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Brian Dennehy gives a towering performance as a middle-aged architect in Rome on a special project that becomes an obsession."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Brian Dennehy comes up with a big performance..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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