Bad Timing

Bad Timing

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Alex is a cold, distant, fiercely intellectual research psychiatrist from New York, teaching in Vienna. Milena, an Army brat, has wandered back through the countries she was raised in to find herself there, too. They meet at a party, are immediately attracted to each other, and fall quickly into a sexually obsessive relationship. Milena has a husband across the border named Stefan, and a drinking problem. This does not make Alex very happy. Their relationship becomes a fight for power, waged with manipulation, drugs, despair, need, and lust, and it is never clear if there is any real 'winner'.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781559409636
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION BAD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (28 unnumbered pages ; illustrated, color ; 19 cm)
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Feb 15, 2019

I loved this movie mainly because Art Garfunkel was the main character - and I love all things Garfunkel. The same sultry seductive style he brings to his music he brings to his acting. This is a black hole of relationship and sexual dysfunction. Riveting.

Feb 07, 2019

British director Nicolas Roeg died in 2018 at the age of 90. He hadn't made a significant film in decades, but his run of 70s films, which includes "The Man Who Fell to Earth" and "Walkabout," remain strange and challenging. 1980's "Bad Timing" was described by no less than its distributor as a sick movie made by sick people for sick people and was slapped with an X rating, thereby damning it to obscurity. It is a sick film, but Roeg never shied away from disturbing material or graphic sex (see "Don't Look Now"). An American psychology professor (Art Garfunkel) and an American woman (Theresa Russell) living in Vienna begin a tumultuous, psycho-sexual affair. The film uses a fractured style that favors extensive flashbacks, sudden cuts, and scrambled editing. It can be off putting (see the below comment), but also exhilarating. Roeg and Russell would marry and make several more films together. Harvey Keitel and Denholm Elliott co-star. The soundtrack features Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, and the Who. Also, you will probably never look at Art Garfunkel the same way again. He does some bad things in this movie.

Dec 24, 2018

Directed by Nicolas Roeg in 1980, this British psychological thriller delves into the relation between an Amrican kinky woman and a nosy psychology professor living in Vienna.
It really confuses me with nonlinear flashbacks while depicting the details of their turbulent relationship as uncovered by a detective investigating her apparent suicide attempt.
It appears like a sick movie made by sick people for sick people.
I don't really care about any character in the movie.
It seems nothing but a flop.

Dec 07, 2018

Noirish, erotic, chaotic and intense, " Bad Timing " grows in complexity and emotional power as it progresses, with a wonderful soundtrack and some exceptional cinematography.

Dec 06, 2018

Lots of sex and cigarette-smoking

Feb 05, 2018

The only that is not quite right is, as he always is not quite right, is Art Garfunkle. I recommend this film in spite of that.

Jan 06, 2018

"Bad Timing" is nothing short of brilliant. This overlooked masterpiece from director Nicolas Roeg ("The Man Who Fell to Earth," "Don't Look Now") is a fascinating study of control and megalomania.

Interesting that both Nicolas Roeg and Martin Scorsese premiered films in 1980 dealing with the destructive nature of sexual obsession. BAD TIMING earned an 'X' rating in the U.S., most likely for the scene at the end of the movie where Art Garfunkel mounts a comatose Theresa Russell. BAD TIMING works for me because it captures the fin de siècle, not of the 19th century, but the end of the 1970s. Time had run out on the counterculture. Great soundtrack, sparingly featuring Tom Waits' SMALL CHANGE, Keith Jarrett's KOLN CONCERT and The Who's "Who Are You."

Jul 13, 2017

First movie I ever saw that reminded me of poetry. Everyone is wonderful in this movie, including and especially Art Garfunkel and Theresa Russell. And of course there's Harvey Keitel as well.

Feb 04, 2017

This intriguing and disturbing film by Nicolas Roeg has long been unavailable due to music rights- now it isn't. I feel like this is the sort of film that is better appreciated on a second viewing, though due to it's harrowing subject matter many might prefer not to do so. Theresa Russell is outstanding.

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