Sign In. Bad Timing Hide Spoilers. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Semen stains! Strippers rolling around on meshy overwire! The only reason they financed the picture, allegedly, was for its Freudian-tinged pedigree. When they saw the finished product, they labeled it 'a film about sick people, made by sick people, for sick people. He replaced traditional narrative storytelling with stunning photography, explicit carnality and a signature editing style of jump cuts, cross cuts and subliminal flicker cuts Mixmastered into a mosaic of multiple interpretations.
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Told through a series of flashbacks, Nicolas Roeg's controversial Bad Timing slowly unfolds as psychoanalyst Dr. Alex Linden Art Garfunkel tells the story of his sexual obsession with disturbed, elusive Milena Flaherty Theresa Russell to a police inspector after Milena's attempted suicide. The investigator, Inspector Netusil Harvey Keitel , is treated to the bizarre and, eventually, extremely repulsive lengths to which Linden went to possess her. Directed by Roeg The Man Who Fell to Earth , Don't Look Now , Walkabout , the film is less about the supposed plot than it is about the visceral images and intense relationships onscreen. Linden, as played by Garfunkel, is an almost timid, ineffectual man whose career involves unlocking people's deepest secrets. When he meets the brazen but secretive Milena, her combination of slutty abandon and emotional reserve makes her a puzzle he must solve. Originally titled Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession , the movie's been unavailable on home video for years outside of imports and bootlegs, with more history behind it than is deserved, given what's on the screen. Young stars Garfunkel and Russell the latter just 21 years old reportedly tried to quit just four days into the shoot, Roeg sometimes kept his drug-and-booze fueled crew working for up to 24 hours at a time, and a very graphic rape scene of an unconscious Milena was, Roeg told The Guardian newspaper in , a point at which acting became almost a psychosexual exercise for the performers.
It features the film in either 1. The english language track is included as DD 2. The disc features no subtitles, but to my knowledge it should be the first ddition to feature the film in widescreen. The version used should be the NCversion of the film. Oh wow! They didn't manage to restore the 2-sec-cut that was already present on the old german DVD - the moment when the pimp's throat get's cut. You can hear it but all you see is the result afterwards. So it is still cut by 2 seconds in regards to the NCversion. That's unfortunate as this scene was in the german cinematic-version and in some TV-airings too although on TV there were versions with it and without. Wow, that's heaps better!
Some films seem to disappear into inaccessibility not long after they are released, and Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing is one of the most prominent. It's appeared on television off and on, but only in a completely un-watchable pan-scanned version; The American Cinematheque showed a surviving 35mm print in that had turned yellowish and was missing about ten minutes' worth of footage. Criterion's new DVD release rectifies that situation. Bad Timing turns out to be even better than it seemed in Roeg and his editor Tony Lawson's jarring cutting patterns are no longer difficult to understand, as editing in the commercial realm has finally caught up, twenty-five years later. The film's complex temporal-subjective viewpoint serves a vital function in telling a story in which the 'action' is almost entirely limited to mental states and perceptions. Bad Timing is also an intensely erotic look at subject matter that would be immediately categorized as 'sick' by the mainstream audience. Yet there probably isn't as good a film about the possessive, oppressive nature of erotic relationships. A traumatic incident sends Milena Flaherty Theresa Russell to the emergency room with a drug overdose advanced into a coma.