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Producer and Colin Callender - Boys & Girls Harbor 2015 Salute to Achievement at The Plaza Hotel - Arrivals - New York City, United States - Wednesday 6th May 2015

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Colin Callender, Elizabeth Gaine Callender and daughter - Macbeth opening night party at the Park Avenue Armory - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 5th June 2014

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Colin Callender and Elizabeth Gaine Callender

Chris Albrecht and Colin Callender - Cocktails With The Queen - The British Consulate Toasts The U.S. Launch Of The Starz Original Series 'The White Queen' - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 25th July 2013

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Chris Albrecht, L.a. British Consul-general Dame Barbara Hay, Rebecca Ferguson, James Frain, Philippa Gregory, Colin Callender and Carmi Zlotnik
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Chris Albrecht and Colin Callender

Colin Callender and George C. Wolfe - Premiere of 'Lucky Guy' at the Broadhurst Theatre -Arrivals - New York City, NY, United States - Monday 1st April 2013

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The Belly Of An Architect Review


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Architect Stourley Kracklite (Brian Dennehy) arrives in Rome, where an exhibition of the works of the 18th-century architect Etienne-Louis Boullée is being mounted under Kracklite's supervision. The city - or something - doesn't sit with him; upon arrival, he begins complaining of stomach pains. Cancer? Kracklite is sure of it. Or not: It could be that his wife Louisa (Chloe Webb), with whom he is traveling (and who is pregnant with his child), is poisoning him, a revenge for his self-absorption. She may be further motivated in this by the affair she has taken up with Caspasian Speckler (Lambert Wilson), another architect involved with the exhibition. Which brings us back to the exhibition: Boullée's architectural metaphor of choice was the oval, a detail that finds an echo in Louisa's pregnancy and Kracklite's gut; and, in fact, Kracklite soon discovers that Boullée's life in many ways parallels his own. There's the fact too of a Roman statue of Augustus to which Kracklite takes a shine, and the pertinent detail being that Augustus was himself poisoned by his wife Livia. Our hero, among other eccentric behaviors, begins xeroxing photos of the statue's stomach...

So it is that Peter Greenaway's The Belly of an Architect is crammed to bursting with symbolism, analogy, and allusion, all loosed within a circular plot wherein the film opens with the architect and his wife conceiving a child and closes with the opening of Boullée's exhibition, Kracklite's real "baby." But for many viewers, I believe, the most telling parallel is that between Kracklite, with his perpetual stomach upset, and director Greenaway: Both are pretentious gasbags. Another quick connection is that between the "belly" of the title and "taste." The secret subtext of all of Greenaway's work is that his taste is good, or at least arcane in a high-minded way (and despite a predilection for bodily functions that is present in most of his films, which in less tony productions would rightly be termed sophomoric). The viewer is invited to share in this, but it's made clear that those who don't (or who can't follow his esoteric web of allusion) are either pigs (as was the villain in Greenaway's major success, 1989's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover), philistines, or merely dim.

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