Bad Timing

Bad Timing

DVD - 2005
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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'.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2005]
ISBN: 9781559409636
1559409630
Branch Call Number: MOVIE BAD
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,mono,Dolby Digital mono,rda
1 videodisc (122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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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."

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TheSandoz
Aug 11, 2017

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

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tkondaks
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.

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Calvacade
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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