login | register
0 film ratings
PSI
?
Probable Score
?
The Belly of an Architect
Stream it now
Amazon Prime VideofuboTVMGM Plus Amazon ChannelMGM PlusTubi TVMGM Plus Roku Premium Channel
The-Belly-of-an-Architect
The-Belly-of-an-Architect

The Belly of an Architect

1987
Drama
1h 59m
An American architect arrives in Italy, supervising an expedition for a French architect, Boullée, who is famous for his oval structures... (imdb)
Stream it now
Amazon Prime VideofuboTVMGM Plus Amazon ChannelMGM PlusTubi TVMGM Plus Roku Premium Channel
Probable score
?
PSI Calculation

Ratings & Reviews

Sort by
Sort By
Rated
75th
75
It's odd watching a Greenaway film with a score by someone other than Michael Nyman, but I actually enjoyed Wim Mertens' music in this film. The film itself is good in the usual encyclopeadic-Greenaway fashion, but it is not Greenaway's best.
Rated
50th
74
Not among Greenaway's best, but not bad. The worst you can say about it is that it isn't nearly as dense as Greenaway's finest work, and seems rather one-note throughout much of it. But there are intriguing elements, particularly in the repeated references to the compartmentalization of the body. And Dennehy is quite good. Vierny's photography is glorious as always, again highlighting Greenaway's love of symmetry and voluminous detail. Chloe Webb is awful, though.
Rated
75th
91
The contrasts between sex and death, art and architecture, passion and legacy, symmetry and form all play a complex role. Boullée is the perfect study since practically no one has heard of him. (It is said that he inspired Hitler's architect, Albert Speer.) In this sense he represents the perfect object for Stourley's obsession, which begins to eat away at his health and his relationship with his wife. It's not Greenaway's finest work, but I particularly enjoyed the score by Branca & Mertens.
Rated
78th
73
Less successful at merging the avantgarde with the accessible than The Cook, The Thief.......Belly risks being stranded in no man's land; it's too hermetic for outsiders, but too conventional for Greenaway nuts. Parodoxically, it winds up being his most straight forward film from the period as well as his most ambiguous. The signal to noise ratio is out of whack, but it's anchored adeptly by Dennehy's marvellous performance and the usual formal elegance.
Rated
64th
66
One of the most attractive films about Rome, with Greenaway's patented deep focus and symmetric framing capturing grand architectural beauty. These open, breezy images alone give life to a very self-absorbed conceit. What it would need is some melancholy for its humorless, baroque existentialism to work. You know, La Grande Bellezza and such.
Avg Percentile 60.93% from 233 total ratings
Detailed
|
Compact

Similar Titles

Loading ...

Statistics

Loading ...

Update History

Submitted byfloortapfloortap on 27 Mar 2006
Poster supplied bytoro913toro913
Last modified by:mjoc0723mjoc0723 on 24 Sep 2020