Review: ‘Bad Timing’

Technically flashy, and teeming with degenerate chic, this downbeat tale of two destructively selfish lovers is unrelieved by its tacked-on thriller ending, and deals purely in despair.

Technically flashy, and teeming with degenerate chic, this downbeat tale of two destructively selfish lovers is unrelieved by its tacked-on thriller ending, and deals purely in despair.

Every scene is shot with at least one eye and one ear to the editing table: results are generally masterful but at times obtrusively pretentious. Director Nicolas Roeg’s visual sense remains a peculiar talent.

Yale Udoff’s screenplay plots the often brutal love affair exhaustively in terms of what the parties do to each other, but seldom why – beyond the fact that he is the possessive type and she isn’t.

Most milestones are missing along the presumably tortuous psychological route by which Art Garfunkel’s jealousy reaches such a pitch of hatred that he ravishes the girl’s (Theresa Russell) drugged and senseless body instead of calling an ambulance. Alienation sets in early.

Bad Timing

UK

Production

Recorded Picture/Rank. Director Nicolas Roeg; Producer Jeremy Thomas; Screenplay Yale Udoff; Camera Anthony Richmond; Editor Tony Lawson; Music Richard Hartley; Art Director David Brockhurst

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 123 MIN.

With

Art Garfunkel Theresa Russell Harvey Keitel Denholm Elliott Daniel Massey Dana Gillespie
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