|Susannah York as Cathryn|
|Rene Auberjonois as Hugh|
Mirrors, lenses, and prisms are a motif Altman employs throughout Images to convey Cathryn's fractured reality
Cathryn's former lover, Rene, (Marcel Bozzuffi of The French Connection) reappears after having died in a plane crash three years prior
|Fans of Robert Altman will recognize actor Hugh Millias as the bounty hunter in McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Here he plays Cathryn's libidinous neighbor and former lover, Marcel|
|Cathryn Harrison as Susannah (Marcel's daughter)|
Images plays fast and loose with the audience's reality as well. Each of the characters in the film shares the real-life name of one of the actors (Susannah, Rene, Cathryn, Hugh, and Marcel)
Altman understands that no two people see life in exactly the same way, so he doesn't waste time trying to explain to you his personal point of view in his movies. He tells his story, then leaves it to each of us to make of it what we will. Even his rather brilliant DVD commentaries fail to "explain" things for the moviegoer craving answers. Altman is a director who would rather you actively watch one of his films and fully misunderstand it, than to passively sit and be spoon-fed every detail and theme.
|Hidden Behind Her Back|
The threat of violence, unexpected and sudden, runs throughout Images
Even if you're left unpersuaded by the film as a genre thriller, you can't help but admire Altman's ability to take you inside the consciousness of another person, allowing for the vicarious experiencing of the real world through an entirely alien perspective. Although not one of Robert Altman's most discussed films, Images is a favorite of mine. One that fits neatly into his catalog of character studies of women on the verge.
|Who's watching whom?|