Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
Nicolas Roeg's intricate, disturbing account of a doomed love affair.
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.
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.
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…
To enhance the experience, make it an "Art Garfunkel's pubes" double feature with Carnal Knowledge.
''You tell the truth about a lie so beautifully.''
As I work through the oeuvre of Nic Roeg, it is becoming apparent that the man has a penchant for framing the darker aspects of our make-up as human beings, as well as placing his characters into environments that they don't belong in and have to navigate through somehow; just look at Don't Look Now, Performance, Walkabout and The Man Who Fell to Earth as examples.
Bad Timing is set in cold-war Vienna. Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel) is a buttoned-up psychiatrist/teacher who embarks on a sensual affair with Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell), a blonde bombshell with many secrets. Their relationship begins to unravel when Alex is offered an assignment to investigate…
Art Garfunklel, stop whispering this softly. I have never seen someone more sexually awkward than him. Amazing.
The moment I heard that song 'Bright Eyes' I knew the sound of evil.
Editing is a 5/5.
I had read about how great the editing is in this, and that ain't no joke. Brilliantly constructed. Theresa Russell is great, but I'm not 100% sure about Art Garfunkel.
A friend recently reminded me that I once put this on at a party where most of the guests were drunk and/or stoned, and sweaty, rape-y Art Garfunkel apparently messed her up. Everyone at the party was in the process of making a movie together, and I think I was trying to use the movie as an example of great editing and sound design, but in retrospect, it was a pretty fucked up thing to do. I still love the movie though, as squirm-inducing as its tortured take on sex and relationships still is after multiple viewings. I shudder to think what MRAs would make if it; I assume they'd conclude that Art is really just a nice guy.
An American woman is brought to a Viennese hospital after an apparent suicide attempt. Doctors fight to save her life, and meanwhile a police detective is trying to find out what truly happened from her estranged lover. It's a fascinating story about not-so-likeable people, told with Roeg's kinetic nonlinear style that conveys parts of the story without having to rely on exposition. It's an admirable film exploring the dark recesses of a sexual affair. And it's also the film where Roeg fell in love with actress Theresa Russell (they eventually married and made six more films together).
One of Roeg's more controversial films, Bad Timing is definitely fascinating and very strange for the time it came out. This film has definitely made me even more enthusiastic about Roeg as a director, but my actual feelings about it were mixed.
The acting and stylistic approach are definitely the high points of this film. Art Garfunkel gives a surprisingly good performance that reminded me of an 80s Jesse Eisenberg, Theresa Russell does a great job with a fairly thankless role, and Harvey Keitel steals all his scenes as the detective trying to get to the bottom of the film's plot. The plot itself, however, is frustratingly thin. Essentially it simply boils down to a series of increasingly dysfunctional (and…
So forced and dated and telegraphed and awkward it's a chore to watch.
The "shock" and "highbrow" polish I'm sure this was sold with has long vanished and all is left is a weak script, attempts at making it less superficial by outdated editing, and awkward performances (not just Garfunkel, San Diego's own Theresa Russell is cringe-inducing too).
In general a shallow film trying really hard to appear deep. Come to think of it, this is exactly how Nymphomaniac will look 20 years from now.
tspdt 911 2014
actor/character: Theresa Russell as Milena Flaherty
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 186/760 (24%)