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Robert Altman (written by)
Susannah York (book)
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Release Date:
18 December 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A motion picture of the extra senses.
Plot:
Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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(38 articles)
Watch: A Video Essay on Robert Altman’s TV Work
 (From Filmmaker Magazine. 19 February 2015, 8:09 AM, PST)

Beyond Narrative: The Future of the Feature Film
 (From Roger Ebert's Blog. 12 February 2015, 12:01 PM, PST)

2015 Grammys winners: The complete list
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IMAGES (Robert Altman, 1972) *** See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Susannah York ... Cathryn

Rene Auberjonois ... Hugh
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Rene
Hugh Millais ... Marcel
Cathryn Harrison ... Susannah
John Morley ... Old Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Baxley ... Voice on telephone (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
 
Writing credits
Robert Altman (written by)

Susannah York (book "In Search of Unicorns")

Produced by
Tommy Thompson .... producer
Al Locatelli .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
 
Film Editing by
Graeme Clifford 
 
Production Design by
Leon Ericksen 
 
Makeup Department
Toni Delaney .... makeup artist
Barry Richardson .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Sheila Collins .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Seamus Byrne .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Rodney Holland .... sound editor
Noel Quinn .... boom operator
Liam Saurin .... sound recordist
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Stomu Yamashta .... sounds (as Stomu Yamash'ta)
 
Special Effects by
Jerry F. Johnson .... special effects (as Jerry Johnson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl L. Clark .... assistant camera (as Earl Clark)
Jack Conroy .... gaffer
Paddy Keogh .... grip
Nico Vermuelen .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Gallagher .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Robin Buick .... assistant editor
Michael Kelliher .... assistant editor
David Spiers .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Stomu Yamashta .... musician: sound sculptures
John Williams .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Joan Bennett .... continuity
John Collingwood .... production accountant
Jean D'Oncieu .... assistant to producer
 

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101 min
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The picture was nearly made by director Robert Altman twice before with two other actresses, both times in Vancouver, Canada. The film was one once nearly made with actress Sandy Dennis, who had starred in Altman's That Cold Day in the Park (1969), the other time, the film was nearly made with Julie Christie, who had starred in Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971).See more »
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Referenced in Lost Highway (1997)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
IMAGES (Robert Altman, 1972) ***, 23 August 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

An arty horror movie is the last thing one expects from Robert Altman - although, apparently, he had already tried it out with his earlier, little-seen THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK (1969). The writer/director (itself an unusual combination for Altman, but it shows how strongly he felt about the project) himself does not think of it as such and, in any case, reviews at the time were decidedly mixed.

Even if he was "inspired" by Ingmar Bergman's PERSONA (1966), the film actually feels closer plot-wise to Roman Polanski's REPULSION (1965). Originally intended to be shot in Milan with Sophia Loren, the film definitely benefits from its picturesque Irish locations and Susannah York's fragile performance (which eventually earned her the Best Actress Award at Cannes) as a schizophrenic; she, too, was unusually committed and actually allowed a story for kids she had written - called "In Search Of Unicorns" - to be incorporated into the narrative!

The film features only five major characters and, interestingly, these are named after each of the actors themselves: so Susannah York plays Cathryn just as Cathryn Harrison (Rex's daughter, a very natural performer who later featured in another strange film - Louis Malle's BLACK MOON [1975]) plays Susannah; Marcel Bozzuffi's character is named Rene', Rene' Auberjonois is Hugh and Hugh Millais is Marcel! Of course, all this fits perfectly well with the film's theme and the characters' penchant to exchange 'faces' with each other in the mind of the disturbed protagonist; actually, this concept is pretty frightening because the lead character at one point decides to get rid of her 'ghosts' - but, not having a complete grasp on reality, one is never sure whether the victims are mere figments of her imagination or else real people!

Also essential to establishing the film's unique mood is Vilmos Zsigmond's stylish cinematography and John Williams' stark yet evocative score (interspersed with eerie sounds provided by Stomu Yamash'ta, a Japanese sound designer); even though his work here is galaxies away from Williams' renowned anthemic scores for the likes of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, he still managed to earn an Oscar nomination for it!

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