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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 I have never been sold on, 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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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.
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.
Over the 70s, and especially in the wake of Last Tango in Paris, a particular kind of romantic chamber drama started to emerge, typically centred around sexually liberated characters in the process of retreating to apartments, bedsits and therapists’ couches as the sexual revolution started to subside. Falling back upon the fractured remains of a once collective sexual movement, their stories were typically fragmented, discontinuous and attuned to the unconscious, tendencies which crystallised in Nicolas Roeg’s 1980 experimental masterpiece Bad Timing. Set in Vienna at the height of the Cold War, it’s a romance told retrospectively, opening with the attempted suicide of Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell), an American expat, and moving backwards by way of a police investigation, conducted by…
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That was intense.
Yikes. Terrible, but in a highly enjoyable, midnight cult movie kind of way, from Harvey Keitel's sweater to the idea of Denholm Eliot and Theresa Russell in bed together. Director Roeg later married Russell, but he must have had his eye on her from the beginning; nothing else explains the negligible presence of Art Garfunkel, so overmatched by the formidable Russell that it takes necrophiliac rape to put them on equal footing.
Roeg is one of those 70s/80s European directors (Ken Russell also comes to mind) who combined an great eye for visuals, a flair for experimental editing, and lots and lots of sex to appeal to a certain elements of the cineaste set. Sometimes, as in portions of Walkabout…
A film that was ahead of it's time. Very good slow-burn thriller from Nicholas Roeg. The non-linear editing nearly had me lost. Theresa Russell's performance was the standout in a group of good actors.
The percentages change a little bit, sometimes it's 90%, sometimes it's 80%, but many have said that a great deal of directing is taken care of in the casting. Well, Nicholas Roeg as failed by the casting agent in regards to Bad Timing.
Only Denholm Elliot had real command of his real, though Harvey Keitel somewhat attempted to affect a contrived Austrian manner. Theresa Russell has always been quite attractive, but her dramatic range is shallow. There were some scenes she nailed the role of Milena, but too often she was flat (the same can be said for most every part she has played).
But I can forgive the Keitel and Russell casting, but the casting of Art Garfunkel doomed…
A bloated, inaccessible mess. Roeg's choppy editing impedes any chance of coherence. Morally ambiguous, and not in a good way.
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Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)