Movies that are slightly off.
His terrifying obsession took them to the brink of death and beyond.
Alex Linden is a psychiatrist living in Vienna who meets Milena Flaherty though a mutual friend. Though Alex is quite a bit older than Milena, he's attracted to her young, carefree spirit. Despite the fact that Milena is already married, their friendship quickly turns into a deeply passionate love affair that threatens to overtake them both. When Milena ends up in the hospital from an overdose, Alex is taken into custody by Inspector Netusil.
It’s a miracle that Art Garfunkel’s performance in Bad Timing didn’t immediately and forever extinguish all sexual desire on earth.
a few more hundred words on the subject for the AV Club next week.
Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing was very tedious. You do not realize what is going on in the film until the the third act. The first two acts of this film were not enjoyable. The film is way to vague for its own good. This is because of the obnoxious editing choices made throughout the film. The non-linear narrative did not work here. It felt like it was just there for the heck of it. It made the film even more convoluted. It was all over the place. Art Garfunkel is without a doubt the best part of this film. He had great charisma. His performance was full of energy. Harvey Keitel, who is hit or miss for me, was not particularly good here. He was going way too over-the-top. I think I might like this one a bit more on rewatch now that I have grasped the story.
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Review In A Nutshell:
Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing attempts to grab your attention with its mystery, a curiosity on what exactly happened to this blonde woman who has been rushed by an ambulance to the closest hospital, and we what her relationship is with this man that sits near her towards their destination; it provides us insight into their relationship through flashbacks that lead up to the event. The film was able to grab my attention within its first 30-40 minutes, but by the time it reaches the middle section, the film begins to drag and offer very little to their story, only to rise back up again in its final act. This…
A pretty good mystery but jumped around a little too much to make sense. Probably would be better after a rewatch when you already have the full story.
What a fucked up little movie. One of the ones you feel like you have to bathe after watching. But there's a lot of truth in there. Though Garfunkle isn't really ever a "nice guy" at any point in the film it is brutally honest about the impulses that often underly the nice guy and how perverted that all can be. Too bad the movie gets lost in the middle and drags on for far too long. It loses the momentum inherent in an investigation and inherent in a woman dying on an operating table. It eventually gets to a revelation that the film's form stopped building towards long ago. It could have been great but settles for good.
Roeg really does not deliver it for me here but similar to the majority of his films, his strange directorial decisions including the often incoherent editing is honestly something one needs to become accustomed to before understanding and then enjoying his work. I admit to that, can clearly see it and therefore appreciate this film (one I didn't particularly like) to some extent.
I'm near close to 100% positive that rewatching Roeg's films is going to be the best decision anyone is going to make when going through his filmography for the first time. If for anything then the sheer fact of watching while understanding the film on the second go around since the editing and other aspects have caused…
A fascinating story about obsession, envy, and sexuality. As usual Roeg does not disappoint. Bad Timing takes extremely dark turns as the viewer delves deeper into (antagonist?) Linden's lust for control. The film follows Linden's progression into madness as he continues to try to confine Milena to the boundaries of a conventional relationship. Roeg creates a piece that exemplifies the dangers of perfectionism and insecurity seen in daily relationships. A beautiful excercise portraying the unfortunate impulse to operess and restrict that which is not understood. Bad Timing is an incredibly disturbing piece that highlights the terrifying reality of many human relationships.
Wow. Maybe this isn't a 5-star movie but I enjoyed it 5-stars worth. One of my favourite Harvey Keitel performances. Super exciting.
A favorite I will pretty much always run to see if it's being projected on film, which means this is the second time I've been able to see it that way. Better print than last year at MoMA, too.
Art Garfunkel might be the most appropriately named person ever. 5 stars.
Tick a box if a sentence is true.
[ ] The audience can better relate to emotional turmoil if the narrative jumps back and forth randomly.
[ ] Art Garfunkel with his hair losing the battle against the forehead is sexually attractive for the likes of Theresa Russell.
[ ] Women are impulsive, men act rational.
[ ] Gustav Klimt is an excellent artist whose paintings capture eroticism.
[ ] Medical procedures are a suitable contrast to sexual imagery.
If you agreed with at least three statements, give Bad Timing a try. If not, then you might, like me, think that Harvey Keitel and Denholm Elliott are wasted in this film.
In a post-Tarantino world, it's easy to take non-linear storytelling for granted, but it's also easy to forget how effective it can be when done by a master (like Tarantino) and not by someone who is just using it because it's a cool gimmick (like many Tarantino imitators). I don't really know off-hand how common the technique was back in 1980, but I DO know that Nicholas Roeg IS a master, and proves it with this fascinating look at the dissolution of a torrid affair, told entirely through jumbled, disjointed flashbacks and memories. It's a captivating film...for the most part. I have to admit, I feel like it's a little too long, as it seems to be reminding us about…
Banal characters with detestable love lives. Roeg smashes a simple tales of intermarital affairs and betrail into flashback edited monster of half memories and pain.
fuck everyone at the metrograph who kept laughing this shit is genius.
its a movie about the disparity between things that dont fit together why else would they cast art garfunkel in an erotic thriller he doesn't belong just like the cut to harvey keitel with a cup covering most of his face its on purpose you big dinguses. sex scenes intercut with a woman dying a detective looking around the room cutting to the past its about puzzle pieces that dont fit together its about two people who are never going to have a functioning relationship its brilliant its cut so good its one of maybe 10 movies where zooms actually work, the other 9 were all made by Leone and Tarkovsky.
the editing is brilliant and so are all of milena's outfits.
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