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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 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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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…
Sumptuously shot. Daring. Arty. If only Theresa Russell was loved like the lady in Jules and Jim. If only Art Garfunkel could love her for who she is without resorting to categorisation or his own neuroses. It's simple to follow and slickly edited. The sort of film that deserves some more exposure and some more acclaim.
My least favorite Roeg film. Editing seemed like a mess even compared to his other quick cut films like The Man Who Fell To Earth. Art is a much better singer than actor...zzzzzzzzz.
O britânico Nicolas Roeg, um dos poucos diretores de fotografia que se firmaram como diretor, nos apresenta uma trama sobre obsessão, compulsão, excessos, amor e a sua ausência. Com seu roteiro não obedecendo uma ordem cronológica, Bad Timing é precursor do estilo de montagem dos anos 90/2000, não pelos cortes rápidos, mas por criar um verdadeiro quebra-cabeça, e ainda assim, mantendo a história coerente, adicionando novos elementos e dando um desfecho à trama progressivamente.
Sua preocupaão com a imagem é evidente, construíndo cenários repleto de cores e ênfase em luzes dentro do quadro, como o quarto caótico de Milena, que transpira loucura. O vermelho é bastante utilizado, não a ponto de ser elemento criador de sentido como em (Don't Look…
Garfunkel's performance leaves something to be desired, but Roeg's elliptical storytelling and cross-cutting are as masterful as always.
One thing I have noticed most of all when analyzing the filmography of the very underrated English director Nicolas Roeg is that his work all has a dry, amber palette while editing schemes feel consistent with one another even when each individual film varies in genre. "Bad Timing" is his erotic thriller - but not really your typical type. Not only does he cast the offbeat Art Garfunkel in the leading role, but he matches his style against the vicious agony and lunacy that makes up the campy delights of Theresa Russell’s tour-de-force performance.
Sure, it may seem like a more raw and real version of (500) Days of Summer (with a worse male lead and a better female lead), but in reality it actually distorts the issue of possessiveness in relationships for the sake of its shocking drama, where (500) Days is a genuine attempt to explore the roots and effects, albeit buried in its pop-accessible tropes and Matthew Gray Gubler one-liners.
The illusion started to wear off somewhere before the moment Theresa Russel dressed up in Harley Quinn cosplay in a room full of candles and called Art Garfunkel over for... uh... some reason?
And the whole Keitel investigation stuff was, while potentially interesting, ruined by how unjustified those grilling Garfunkel were…
A kaleidoscopic mirage-like masterwork-- a delving into the contentious-fractured mindscape of one doomed couple, seen through the prism of aftermath, and structured around two spectacular performances (Art Garfunkel is Alex an exposed nerve of a human being and Theresa Russell is Milena a riotous heartbreaker and together they dance a toxic waltz) Bad Timing is a stunning display of filmmaking and insight.
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