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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.
When she's seen in flashback she's always smoking, drinking or naked. In contrast when he's seen in the present he's always smoking, drinking or naked. A couple doing the right things around the right people at the wrong times, leading a lifestyle so fitted for a relationship with the other that neither even considers that their habits are mutually exclusive and not shared activities. Roeg studies action and reaction by displacing his characters from a comfortable location, in Don't Look Now he examined loss after it had happened but in Bad Timing we examine the possibility of loss before the outcome is seen, Don't Look Now functions in the realms of violence and fantasy but Bad Timing functions in the…
if we don't meet there's always the possibility this could have been perfect//this will kill you in the end
Time as a fissure in the fabric of reality. Art Garfunkel is incredible in this but Theresa Russell is the definition of sex: identity is the only thing we own, and time only functions as we perceive it. This is dizzying, one of the few films to embrace the function of the noir genre to emphasize love, the complexities of romance playing out across pasts & presents & futures yet to be fully understood.. it hurts. Unprecedented and still unmatched in the realms of erotica cinema. Feels like a schlock-embracing Ferrara film, scrapping all the highbrow philosophy to focus on the humans. Roeg's…
Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing is another fractured narrative, in the style that he made a lot of his best films. It flashes back and forth, edited with a taut precision, in a manner similar Performance and The Man Who Fell to Earth. However, Bad Timing has a simple, well-defined plot, that is easy to follow. It relies on the emotional heft of the performances, rather than the discordant, atonal execution. Bad Timing is as close as you get to a Nicolas Roeg Hollywood film.
Roeg has one of the most interesting careers in British film direction. He made these films in a row: Performance, Walkabout, Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth, then Bad Timing. Following Bad Timing…
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.
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.
Nicolas Roeg edits an erotic and voyeuristic thriller that leaves you feeling like the soiled sheets under Art Garfunkel and Theresa Russell's sweaty bodies.
I don't know.
I feel like with every Roeg movie I watch, I'm either completely blown away by it or just a bit indifferent.
This has its moments, but it does seem to be leading up to something that's not particularly unexpected. But I assume it's not the destination, it's the journey.
Art Garfunkel does some good work here, really fits the role of an obsessive pervert...it's probably the hair. But Roeg really has a talent with musicians turning in great performances.
Keitel, although I assume he's meant to be doing a very subtle accent in this movie, is always fun to watch. Russell is terrifying, too.
But there was just something about it, I never thought all these cool…
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Bad Timing is a blessing, really. So often do we get sexually misguided thrillers that fail to offer anything to actually stimulate the audience as far as film goes. Bad Timing is an extremely well made attempt at combining sex, mystery, and storytelling.
This film is told in a non-linear flurry, offering a puzzle of movie moving at the perfect pace. Each scene feels like a micro-film, drawing outside the lines. Director Nicolas Roeg provides us with a study in unrelenting voyeurism and it is gorgeous. We see a perfect blend of visual finesse and a strongly orchestrated story.
As we further unravel the central story, Alex (played by Art Garfunkel), gradually…
An awesome film, definitely in my Roeg's gallery Top 3. I have decidedly mixed emotions about Art Garfunkel's casting here. I love his musicianship, and think he has made some of the finest male vocal work ever, but his involvement here is the only flaw the film has. It's cringe-inducing. The only explanation I can think of is that having the character portrayed by Garfunkel works in showing just how diseased Milena Flaherty's sexual addiction really is.
Otherwise it's a perfect film, completely indicative of its era and subject matter.
Disclaimer: Throughout 2016 and beyond, I will be going through selected works from a director's filmography on a month by month basis. I will be specifically spotlighting directors who's work I've somehow never had the privilege of sampling until now. The lone requirement is that the director in question must be either retired/semi-retired or deceased. Month #8 will focus on British director Nicolas Roeg. Next is a story about jealousy, general depravity, rape and suicide. You know, most of the fun stuff you'll find in your regular everyday relationship.
The film itself is Bad Timing and it's a confounding motherfucker. On the one hand, it's skillfully made and features an enticing nonlinear editing approach that offers only hints of the…
what does it all mean?!?! the keys to the kingdom aka how to decipher this movie aka how to fuck this box: everything's a metaphor for dicks and vaginas; drink everytime you see a penis; keep an internet tab opened with a luscher color test and almost every shot becomes a sweet little poem. for example garfunkle says "how we come into this world and how we come out is different for everyone." simultaneously 2 people are walking out a door. one wearing grey, the other wearing red. grey: non-involvement. red: force of will, aggressive. it's like difference between those two famous lines by TS and DT: "this is how the world ends: not with a bang but a whimper."…
I wanted to rent this a few years ago at Eyesore cinema but the owner stopped me b/c a) he said it was unwatchable b) I was too high. I didn't rent it then but still didn't fully believe him since all the Roeg films I've seen have been great and Harvey Keitel is so dependable (Especially that era). I finally met somebody else recently who'd seen it and they said it was good. Well I threw my hands in the air and said "That's it! I'm watching it. I've heard 2 differing opinions!".
So I watched it last night (while high of course) and it's definitely a mess but not unwatchable. It's got Roeg's directing style all over it…
UPDATED: October 21, 2016
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