Bad Timing (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]
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|Genre||Mystery & Suspense|
|Format||Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Color, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Yale Udoff, Eugene Lipinski, George Roubicek, Denholm Elliott, William Hootkins, Nicolas Roeg, Dana Gillespie, Stefan Gryff, Daniel Massey, Sevilla Delofski, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel, Robert Walker, Art Garfunkel See more|
|Language||English, French, German, Czech|
|Runtime||2 hours and 3 minutes|
Amid the decaying elegance of cold-war Vienna, psychoanalyst Dr. Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel) becomes mired in an erotically charged affair with the elusive Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell). Direction: Nicolas Roeg Actors: Art Garfunkel, Dana Gillespie, Daniel Massey, Denholm Elliott, Eugene Lipinski, Special Features: New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg; New interview with Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas; New interview with Theresa Russell; a new essay by film historian Richard Combs and a reprinted interview with Art Garfunkel, from 1980; 2.35:1, Anamorphic16x9, Widescreen format. Language: English / Sub. English Year: 1980 Runtime: 122 minutes.
A choppy, unsettling meditation on sexual obsession, Nicholas Roeg's Bad Timing stars Theresa Russell and Art Garfunkel as Milena and Alex, two lovers pursuing a torrid relationship in late-1970s Vienna. The movie opens with Milena being rushed to the hospital for an apparent suicide attempt. Alex, a psychology professor, proceeds to play it cool as he's questioned by Inspector Netusil (Harvey Keitel). As Milena fights for her life on the operating table, the story of how she and Alex came together is revealed in startlingly raw passages of lust and bursts of raw emotion. Roeg throws the narrative out of joint with flashbacks and jarring editing, skillfully turning this story of a love affair into a mystery. The scene in which Milena aggressively seduces Alex on a stairwell is a bravura, gutsy performance from Russell. What's even more startling is the odd casting of this film. After all, that is the bare backside of the guy who most famously provided harmonies on "Scarborough Fair." Roeg, clearly enamored with casting musicians in lead roles (David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth and Mick Jagger in Performance) also approaches the editing of the film as though it were music, with abrupt, discordant cuts and strange juxtapositions. The film--of a tradition of sexually frank films like Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris--is yet another reminder of how deeply filmmakers of the '70s were willing to mine human emotions, especially unpleasant ones. -- Ryan Boudinot
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 2250592
- Director : Nicolas Roeg
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Color, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 3 minutes
- Release date : September 27, 2005
- Actors : Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Massey
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B00005JMVQ
- Writers : Yale Udoff
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,069 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Like Wim Wenders, we're trying ... aren't we??
I think that this is Nicholas Roeg's crowning achievement as a highly regarded yet sometimes abstruse director. The film is set in Vienna, where Old and New World mores intersect. Anything seems possible, yet there is still a moral center which exists. Roeg is well known for showing scenes out of narrative order, creating a kind of collage effect, where one part is viewed with reference to another part which is shown earlier, but happened later in time. Sometimes this style can be a bit confusing or even frustrating, but here it works absolutely perfectly, and adds layers of meaning to the film. The relationship between Milena and Alex unfolds with jarring and sometimes poignant intensity. Until actually seeing the implied but not yet shown ending one can, I think, feel empathy for each of the characters. The match is something that one has often seen play out in real life or drama: the passionate, free-spirited, sometimes self-indulgent person, is attracted to the intellectual, controlled life of the other. Usually, these relationships do not work out, because each of them is seeking in the other what they lack. But here the dangerous dynamic is accentuated, and we find that one of the two is capable of going beyond any bounds, to "win" the struggle.
Theresa Russell is incredible in this movie. I have seen it several times now, and I think that hers is one of the greatest performances I have ever seen in any film. It was only her second film, making it even more amazing. A more natural, intuitive performance can scarcely be imagined; it is perfect in every way, and her character is unforgettable. Art Garfunkel, an unusual choice to play opposite Russell, is very effective, and deserves credit for his work here. The fine actor Harvey Keitel plays a rather strange role as the Austrian police detective who ruminates on life and character, but he is, as always, very good. And the excellent British actor Denholm Elliott is memorable, particularly in one very touching silent segment.
There really aren't that many movies which have both a visceral emotional power, and are capable of stimulating intellectual discussion. This is one of them. I see it as a five-star film all the way.