The Belly of an Architect
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Brian Dennehy is Stourley Kracklite, an architect from Chicago who has come to Rome to supervise a tribute to his hero, 18th century French architect Etienne-Louis Boulee. It is a dream come true for Kracklite, but then he starts to get sharp abdominal pains. His obsessions and paranoias start to work overtime: he suspects his young wife Louisa (Chloe Webb) of poisoning him, he thinks he might have stomach cancer, he starts to steal postcards of Alexander the Great (poisoned by his own wife and immortalized as a statue by Boulee). His doctor assures him that the problem is just gas. This may… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dennehy achieves Brando-esque emotional power."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"The most telling parallel is that between Kracklite, with his perpetual stomach upset, and director Greenaway: Both are pretentious gasbags."
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
"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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