This creepy, hallucinatory thriller is definitely one of the best films Robert Altman has made. I wonder why he didn't do more films like this, because he really has a knack for it - then again, this kind of thing all but died out after the 70's. Susannah York gives a great performance. I'm not schizophrenic but I hear this is a pretty accurate representation, too.
For a director renowned for his sprawling ensemble casts, Altman seems perfectly at ease here with a cast of like 5 or 6, and in a film where much of the action takes place inside one woman's mind. The score is brilliant and yet no jury in the world would convict John Williams of having composed it. Most "psychological horrors" strain one's suspension of disbelief to the breaking point, but this remains indelibly granular and plausibly disturbing throughout.
Excellent depiction of mental illness with a superb creepy seventies atmosphere. Really creative editing, cinematography and sound. John William's score is pretty out there too. Why isn't this better known?
I think Altman was at his best when he made genre movies, and Images is a psychological thriller in the vein of Roman Polanski in particular (especially Repulsion). We figure out that the heroine's increasingly disturbing fantasies seep into what we see, and this is a familiar element of the genre, but the beauty is that as the film progresses its mysteries don't appear to unravel, we aren't given a logical key to decode what is what. Ultimately satisfying, and very well directed.
Altman tends to make movies I like but not love. At last, here's one that I love. I like my movies a little on the weird side, and Images is weird in spades. Offbeat and creepy and damn unsettling. The ending totally caught me off guard. John Williams turns in a surprisingly unconventional score. Very cool flick.