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Robert Altman’s ‘Images’

Do we sometimes ‘grow into’ movies? This one now plays like a minor masterpiece. ‘Seventies auteur Robert Altman proves himself an expert practitioner of psychological hallucinations, in an intense tale of a schizophrenic children’s author who can’t keep her husband and two (imagined?) lovers sorted out. It’s one of the best, and best-looking puzzle pictures ever.

Images

Blu-ray

Arrow Academy

1972 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 101 min. / Street Date March 20, 2018 / Available from Arrow Video

Starring: Susannah York, Rene Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi, Hugh Millais, Cathryn Harrison, John Morley.

Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond

Film Editor: Graeme Clifford

Original Music: John Williams

From a novel by Susannah York

Produced by Tommy Thompson

Written for the screen and Directed by Robert Altman

Perhaps Robert Altman’s Images should be elevated to a higher roost in his esteemed filmography. Perhaps his most cinematic movie — in terms of his formal use of the image, anyway — it lodges

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