Film Series: The Belly of an Architect

October 7, 2014
6p, Steinberg Auditorium
Steinberg Auditorium

The Belly of an Architect (1987), introduced by Igor Marjanović, associate professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School

An American architect arrives in Rome with his pregnant young wife to supervise an exhibition on the 18th-century French architect Etienne-Louis Boullée. His tireless dedication to the project leads to a decline in his marriage and his health.

Like the iconic architectural drawings from the colletion of Alvin Boyarsky featured in the exhibition Drawing Ambience, Peter Greenaway's films also engage the postmodern cultural shift of the 1980s. Using the language of painting, drawing, and architecture—including highly elaborate costume designs and recreations of noted historical buildings and paintings—Greenaway's films expose underlying tensions between past and present, body and garment, passion and reason.