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Images (1972)

Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Robert Altman, Susannah York (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susannah York ... Cathryn
Rene Auberjonois ... Hugh
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Rene
Hugh Millais Hugh Millais ... Marcel
Cathryn Harrison ... Susannah
John Morley John Morley ... Old Man
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Storyline

Like Polanski's heroine in Repulsion, Susannah York's character is one that is seemingly haunted by memories of undisclosed magnitude. These memories are perhaps rooted in some sort of past sexual turmoil that causes York's character to see men as inherently the same. Written by Ed <repulsion2000@yahoo.com>

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A film for every woman who has made love to one man while thinking of another See more »

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Images See more »

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Budget:

$807,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first two films of actress Cathryn Harrison which both debuted in the year of 1972 with the other picture, The Pied Piper (1972), released first. See more »

Quotes

Hugh: [repeated line, while searching for the vermouth] Son of a bitch.
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Brilliant, Chilling, Lost Treasure.
9 October 2003 | by TheTwistedLiverSee all my reviews

Under the assumption that Altman was creatively peaking between the years 1970 and 1975, (I realize this is debatable) I sought out every film that was made during that period. Surprisingly, I could not locate the brilliant, chilling lost treasure that is the film "Images" it seemed to have simply vanished into history. Although Susannah York deservedly earned best actress at Cannes for her performance, and it was sandwiched between "The Long Goodbye" and "Mccabe and Mrs. Miller" this film, like "3 women" and "California Split", remain mysteries. Luckily, "Images" was released on DVD this past September. I immediately bought it without a second thought. I am very thankful that I did.

Images is one of those gems that make you appreciate cinema, directors and the creative process in general, because of the exploritive potential within the medium. Dredging up the inner fears and archetypes of the subconscious and weaving together what comes to the surface synergistically is Altmans vision in this film. Sadly, lately, film is about loud bangs and shiny things and very few adroitly capture the lost art of character development.

"Images" seems to be one of those films that could only have taken place in the early seventies. During the era of psychedelic drugs, the film indubitably feels as though it is on some kind of mind altering substance. It is completely trippy and unnerving. Logic seems to have flown out the window from the onset of the story. I won't give anything away, because you need to go into this film knowing nothing, or little to nothing about it, and just enjoy the ride.


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