14 abril 2018

Robert Altman - Images (1972)

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 Cathryn (Susannah York) alucina. Es por eso que no hay mayores misterios en Images, única incursión de Robert Altman en el género del terror. Olvidada incluso entre los seguidores del director, la película no es solo un logro cinematográfico sino que captura con éxito la experiencia de la enfermedad mental. Heredera de la Repulsión de Roman Polanski, Images formó parte del Festival de Cine de Nueva York en 1972 pero ninguno de sus críticos relevantes decidió verla por lo que pasó desapercibida. Nunca se estrenó comercialmente y solo adquirió cierta relevancia con el paso del tiempo.

Cuenta la historia que Susannah York le mencionó a Altman que estaba escribiendo un libro para niños llamado En busca de los unicornios. Luego de leer un fragmento, Altman decidió hacer de la protagonista una escritora de literatura infantil e incluir pasajes del libro en el film, con lo cual Images se convirtió en la primera película como guionista de la actriz. Desde el minuto cero, Cathryn oye ruidos y escucha voces. Percibe cosas que no están allí y le pide a Hugh (Rene Auberjonois) que la lleve a una casa de campo para despejarse y poder dedicarle tiempo a su libro. La esquizofrenia, por supuesto, viaja con ella y somos testigos de los cambios que va experimentando su personalidad: comportamiento inusual, risa inmotivada, soliloquios,  intermitentes alteraciones en su percepción…

Su subjetividad fragmentada se ve reforzada de manera triple. En primer lugar por la fría fotografía de Vilmos Zsigmond que no solo sabe retratar el distante vínculo entre los miembros del matrimonio sino que hace un gran uso de los espejos y los reflejos. Luego, por la que probablemente sea la más experimental de todas las bandas sonoras de John Williams (posteriormente nominada al Oscar). Por último, gracias los arreglos de sonido del percusionista Stomu Yamashta, que se destacan en compañía de los planos detalle de los adornos colgantes que anuncian las alucinaciones de Cathryn. René, un francés fallecido hace años en un accidente de aviación con quien Cathryn le fue infiel a su marido y Marcel, un vecino que la pretende, se turnan para formar parte de las ensoñaciones de la protagonista. Su delirio anuda deseo y culpa, y Cathryn intentará resolver su situación eliminando a sus apariciones una por una. Para colmo de males, Susannah, la hija de Marcel, es peligrosamente parecida a Cathryn cuando era joven y su relación amistosa amenaza con volverse persecutoria... (Martín Pablo en El lado G )

 Altman shot “Images” (1972) in Ireland during the wet autumn months of 1971, and premiered it the following May at Cannes. It won Susannah York the award for best actress (it’s the role she’s most proud of), but left its Cannes audiences mostly confused. It isn’t the sort of film you feel affectionate about. It’s complex and cold, although not nearly as hard to understand as some of the first reviews suggested.

Columbia picked up the distribution rights (Altman was a hot property in 1971) and entered “Images” in the New York Film Festival. Inexplicably, neither of the two principal film critics for the New York Times (Vincent Canby and Roger Greenspan) chose to review it, and it was dismissed in a blistering and largely unperceptive review by Howard Thompson (“a mishmash”). And that was that. The film never achieved a normal commercial release in America. It had its Chicago-area premiere much later at Northwestern University and its first theatrical 35mm showing even later. It undoubtedly will return in one or another repertory series.

It is, first of all, an intelligently constructed and spectacularly well-photographed film. We admire its gifts even though they tend not to involve us. It tells the story of several days in the life of the young wife (Susannah York) of a very wealthy member of the horsy set (played by Rene Auberjonois of the Altman stock company). She’s cracking up and by the film’s end, she will have committed murder.

She hears sounds; she hallucinates; she’s trapped in a web of sexual guilt, and imagines encounters with two men other than her husband. One is a sinister Frenchman with whom she committed adultery. He died in an airplane crash three years earlier, but keeps turning up in doorways and pantries, mocking her. He finally invites her to exorcise his ghost by shooting him, and she does so. She sees him fall dead, but all she’s shot is her husband’s expensive camera.

The other man’s more real. He’s a neighbor who can’t keep his hands off her, who believes she has rape fantasies and needs strong handling. She is perhaps attracted to him, but also repelled and guilt-ridden. And she’s fond of the man’s 12 year-old daughter, She eventually “kills” the neighbor, too stabs him with a kitchen knife - and Altman gives us a chilling sequence in which we’re asked to decide if she stabbed the neighbor or simply his apparition in her mind.

Her husband never quite understands the nature of her mental horror. He’s a simple, jolly transplanted American who seems arrested at the prep-school stage and is addicted to dumb jokes. What does she feel about him? The film gives us some pointed notions in its last 20 minutes, while she’s trying to kill off an apparition she sees (incorrectly) as her other self.

“Images” is a very atypical Altman film. For one thing, the dialog doesn’t overlap, and the visual style is more lyrical at some times, more jagged at others, than his usual approach of sticking his cinematic nose here and there and rummaging about in his plot. The photography is by Vilmos Zsigmond, who does a skillful job of staying within the woman’s point of view while nevertheless suggesting what’s really going on. There’s an especially good use of images to suggest her confusion over time and real events. 

“Images” is a film Altman admirers should make a point of seeing. Its very differences with most of his work help illuminate his style, and he demonstrates superb skill at something he’s supposed to be weak at: telling a well-constructed narrative. It also shows him in inventive collaboration with Miss York, whose children’s book about unicorns is read on the sound track and supplies her character with an alternate fantasy universe in which strange creatures and quaint legends replace the challenges of real life. But the movie, as I’ve suggested, inspires admiration rather than involvement. It’s a technical success but not quite an emotional one. (Roger Ebert)

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1 comentario:

Iñaki dijo...

En primer lugar, quiero agradecer este aporte. Robert Altman es uno de mis directores favoritos (y uno de los preferidos también de esa feroz e influyente crítica de cine estadounidense, Pauline Kael).

Y también para aprovechar de despedir al gran Milos Forman, miembro de esa notable oleada de cineastas checoslovacos de los sesenta, y que nos dejó hace unos días atrás.

Un gran abrazo, Sca.