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The Belly of an Architect (BFI) in June

The BFI have announced the UK Dual Format Edition release of The Belly of an Architect on 18 June 2012. Peter Greenaway’s fourth feature is a complex and sometimes disturbing film about an obsession that devastates a man’s marriage, health and career. The film is newly mastered to HD and presented for the first time on Blu-ray.

Distinguished American architect Stourley Kracklite (Brian Dennehy), is invited to Rome with his young wife, Louisa (Chloe Webb), to supervise an exhibition devoted to his hero, the visionary eighteenth-century architect Étienne-Louis Boullée.

Dedicated to honouring the past, Stourley does so at the expense of his present, driving his neglected wife into the arms of his rival, Caspasian (Lambert Wilson). Wracked with abdominal pains, jealousy and paranoia, he slowly loses his grip on all that is important to him.

Flemish composer and multi-instrumentalist Wim Mertens provides the soundtrack, with additional music by avant-garde composer and guitarist Glenn Branca.

Features include:

  • Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM audio (48k/24-bit)
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital audio (320kbps)
  • English HOH subtitles
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Insight: Terence Conran (UK, 1981, 15 mins): Greenaway’s portrait of the designer and entrepreneur, with an uncredited score by Michael Nyman
  • DVD-ROM content (downloadable PDFs) featuring original script, press pack and sheet music
  • Illustrated booklet with essay, interview, biographies and credits by Michael Brooke, Donald Ranvaud and Marcia Landy


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