Images (1972)

Ireland, UK, 1972
101m, 9092 feet
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Technicolor, 2.35:1
stereo, English

An Irish/British horror film directed by Robert Altman.

Plot Summary

A married couple, Cathryn and Hugh, at their weekend cottage in the Irish countryside find their relationship fracturing as Cathryn begins to believe that she is being visited by a former lover who was killed years ago in a plane crash.


Directed by: Robert Altman
Hemdale Film Group Ltd., Lions Gate Film Productions (Dublin)
Producer: Tommy Thompson
Associate Producer: AL Locatelli
Written by: Robert Altman
Book: In Search of Unicorns by Susannah York
Director of Photography: Vilmos Zsigmond
Editor: Graeme Clifford
Music by: John Williams
Sound Recordist: Liam Saurin
Wardrobe: Jack Gallagher
Make Up: Toni Delaney
Hair Stylist: Barry Richardson
Special Effects: Jerry Johnson
Production Designer: Leon Ericksen

Susannah York (Cathryn)
Rene Auberjonois (Hugh)
Marcel Bozzuffi (Rene)
Hugh Millais (Marcel)
Cathryn Harrison (Susannah)
John Morley (old man)

Alternative Titles

Hayal ve görüntü – Turkey
Imagens – Brazil
Sairaat mielikuvat – Finland
Schizo – den kluvna verkligheten – Sweden
Spiegelbilder – West Germany

Extracts included in
Imagining Images (2003)
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.21 p.43
  • CinemaTV Today no.9965 (29 January 1972) p.9 – note (Music man)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol39 no.466 (November 1972) p.235 – credits, synopsis, review


  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.350-51
  • Film Review 1973-74 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.223
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.188
  • The Irish Filmography: Fiction Films, 1896-1996 by Kevin Rockett (ed.) p.26
  • Psychedelic Celluloid: British Pop Music in Film and TV 1965-1974 by Simon Matthews p.195 – illustrated review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.214 – credits
  • Robert Altman, American Innovator by Judith M. Kass pp.125-136 – illustrated chapter