Monday, October 17, 2016

Images

Images is a 1972 psychological thriller directed by Robert Altman and starring Susannah York and René Auberjonois. IMDb offers this plot description: "Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality." This is fascinating.

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DVD Talk says it's
a relentlessly artsy picture that nevertheless amounts to a good puzzle picture about schizophrenia, experienced from the inside out. Susannah York gives one of her best performances as a woman so mentally fractured that determining what's real and what is not is a fruitless quest.
Moria says, "Images is sort of, if one can imagine, Last Year in Marienbad by way of Repulsion (1965)." Roger Ebert praises it saying, "“Images” is a film Altman admirers should make a point of seeing. Its very differences with most of his work help illuminate his style, and he demonstrates superb skill at something he’s supposed to be weak at: telling a well-constructed narrative."

6 comments:

  1. Schizophrenia is often misunderstood, and can take on so many forms. Family members often shove the disease under the rug, and distance themselves from the afflicted. This may well be a good movie, especially if it addresses schizophrenia.

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    1. It's a bizarre look through her eyes.

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  2. I came back to make sure you hadn't posted your T post, but it looks like your internet might be out again. I hope you can join us later.

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  3. Never saw this one. Some of his films I like and some I don't care for. This one sounds interesting. :)

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    1. Susannah York and René Auberjonois were interesting. I agree about Altman. He's not somebody whose films I watch just because he directed it.

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