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.

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

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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