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Belly of an Architect [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Brian Dennehy , Chloe Webb , Peter Greenaway    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Brian Dennehy, Chloe Webb, Lambert Wilson, Sergio Fantoni, Stefania Casini
  • Directors: Peter Greenaway
  • Writers: Peter Greenaway
  • Producers: Colin Callender, Conchita Airoldi, Dino Di Dionisio, Walter Donohue
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001V6ZIY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,285 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Longing for his flat belly days? 22 Jan 2009
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Perhaps it is a mid-life crisis and a fear of death that simultaneously hits Chicago architect Stourley Kracklite (Brian Dennehy). He has traveled to Rome to present an elaborate tribute to the French architect Louis Boullee. Kracklite is fifty-four years old, uncertain that he has fulfilled the promise of his youth. He is married to a woman (Chloe Webb) young enough to be his daughter. So when he begins to develop stomach pains (perhaps due to a growing stomach tumor) while working in Rome and gets no satisfaction from doctors, he begins to believe his wife is poisoning him. Furthermore it appears that she is having an affair with an Italian architect named Caspasian (Lambert Wilson) who also desires to take over Kracklite's Boullee project. I think a lot of men in their fifties can identify with these sorts of threats to their well-being and perhaps be unable to tell the real from the unreal.

So the human belly is a big deal in this film. At one point Kracklite prints out scores of photocopies of the belly of a Roman statue as if in scrutinizing mass copies of a flat belly he might somehow explain why he is in pain. Or perhaps the flat belly symbolizes his lost youth and the insecure feeling he has about the affection and faithfulness of Louisa, his young wife. Maybe it is even the case that the belly is a euphemistic symbol of something else that is no longer as vital as it once was. When men in their fifties worry about such things they also worry about their ability not just to cut the mustard but the quality of their work. In short, they worry about being superseded. One cannot help but feel in this case that Kracklite's growing paranoia is in part responsible for his declining power. Fear of something may give it strength.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterwork and a great edition 3 Aug 2012
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This movie is, together with Fellini's La dolce vita, one of the strongest tributes to Rome. The "ethernal town" is rebuilt and reinvented by Greenaway to go straight to its core. The quality of picture and audio is stunning: the great cinematography and photography of the painter-director is fully preserved, including the original film grain. A must for all lovers of great cinema.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thinking Man's Movie 2 Feb 2013
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A great film when I first saw it and a great film now too!
One finds oneself gripped by the emotions of the Architect and you need to watch it more than once - THE sign of a GREAT movie!
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