Robert Altman | Critical Essay by Pauline Kael

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Robert Altman.
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Critical Essay by Pauline Kael

[Images] is a modern variant of the old The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari ploy—the world as seen through a mad person's eyes. A classy schizo (Susannah York) duplicates herself, confuses the living with the dead, and can't tell her husband … from her lovers…. Miss York's madness has no roots, no nourishment; it is a matter of tinkling wind chimes, slivers of glass, windows, lenses, mirrors—"images." To be effective, the movie needs to draw us in to identify with Susannah York's hallucinations, but the cold shine of the surfaces doesn't do it…. This is a psychological thriller with no psychological content, so there's no suspense and the climax has no power. We know from the heroine's dashingly casual clothes and the exquisitries of the super-modern décor that this film is concerned...

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