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Images and the Uneasy Landscape: Audio Visual Transmission Guide #43/52a - A Year In The Country
Images is a Robert Altman film from 1974 and it is a strange, unsettling viewing experience; as a viewer it becomes difficult to decide and decipher what is real and what is not, with all such things seamlessly linking into one another and being presented in a largely realist manner rather than possible hallucinations being signposted by overt visual effects. It put me in mind of José Ramón Larraz's long lost and relatively recently restored 1974 film Symptoms in that it is a study of the fracturing of a mind in an isolated rural setting, amongst a landscape that should contain bucolic ease, escape and rest but that subtly seems to represent and capture a 1970s psychic malaise.