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Images (1972)

Images (1972)






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Even when he was a red-hot director in the early 1970s, Robert Altman occasionally recharged his batteries with a "small" picture. Filmed in Ireland, Susannah York stars as a woman who is plagued by hallucinogenic visions of her former lovers. It's possible she's schizophrenic, but the audience is never quite certain whether or not what she's seeing is actually happening. Altman perversely refuses to let the audience in on the whole truth; at the end, we're nearly as tormented as Ms. York.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By: Susannah York, Robert Altman
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On DVD: Sep 16, 2003
Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
Top Critic

It is a rare film that can entice me to surrender my logic, but Images does just that. [It] is a film in which Altman doesn't worry about defenses. He boldly creates a spiritual vision and lets logic and caution fall by the wayside of wondrous beauty.

Full Review… | March 31, 2009

A challenging film, heavy on symbolism and motifs.

Full Review… | January 2, 2005
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Susannah York is stellar but the film is very odd.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Difficult to get into. You don't really get to know the main character, which made it difficult for me to connect with her. I missed context. What's her story? But when I was halfway through that didn't bother me anymore. The line between reality and her hallucinations become increasingly thin and confusing, you're just waiting for something to go terribly wrong. A large part of the movie is shot in a beautiful location. It adds to the mystery and surrealism.

Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

I have a lot of trouble with films featuring unreliable narrators. While I understand that films about a character with a frayed sense of reality need to be as chaotic and fractured as their psyche, they tend to alienate me emotionally. Robert Altman's "Images" does those things, of course, but what makes this a step above similarly themed films like, "Persona," "Black Swan" or "The Double Life of Veronique," is that it's rather subtle. Films featuring a character confronting their double are usually fraught with ham-fisted symbolism and overly obvious motifs. I'm not saying "Images" is without these things but Altman has the finesse to blend them, more or less, seamlessly into the film. With the help of fluid cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond, a dynamic and precise Susannah York and a haunting score by John Williams, "Images" is able to transcend the normal pitfalls of this microcosm of a genre and remain a serious piece of artistic expression.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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