original film poster
|Directed by||Robert Altman|
|Produced by||Tommy Thompson|
|Written by||Robert Altman
Susannah York (book, In Search of Unicorns)
|Music by||John Williams
|Edited by||Graeme Clifford|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Images is a 1972 British-American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Altman and starring Susannah York. The picture follows an unstable children's author who finds herself engulfed in apparitions and hallucinations while staying at her remote vacation home.
Wealthy housewife and children's author Cathryn (Susannah York) receives a series of disturbing and eerie phone calls in her home in London one dreary night. The female voice on the other end suggests mockingly to her that her husband Hugh (René Auberjonois) is having an affair.
Cathryn's husband comes home, finding her in complete disarray. Hugh attempts to comfort her, but then he is gone, and she sees a different man who is behaving as if he were her husband. She screams in horror and backs away, only to see her vision of the figure revert to her husband.
Hugh attributes her outburst to stress and her budding pregnancy. He decides to take a vacation to the countryside at an isolated cottage. But as she dwells there, Cathryn delves into darker delusions as the stranger returns, and she finds it difficult to determine what is reality and what is in her mind.
- Susannah York as Cathryn
- Rene Auberjonois as Hugh
- Marcel Bozzuffi as Rene
- Hugh Millais as Marcel
- Cathryn Harrison as Susannah
Roger Ebert gave Images three stars out of four, recommending it to fans of Altman's filmography but also writing that it "inspires admiration rather than involvement. It’s a technical success but not quite an emotional one."
Although having received many award nominations, Images is now one of Altman's lesser-known works.
- 1972 New York Film Critics Circle
- Nominated - Best Actress (Susannah York)
- 1972 Cannes Film Festival
- Nominated - Golden Palm (Robert Altman)
- 44th Academy Awards
- 26th British Academy Film Awards
- 30th Golden Globe Awards
- Nominated - Best English-Language Foreign Film
- Writers Guild of America Awards 1972
- Nominated - Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen (Robert Altman)