Bad Timing

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Bad Timing

Director: Nicolas Roeg

The Film: A controversial film upon its initial release in 1980, Bad Timing is an unsettling (if rather plodding) sexual whodunit, serving also as a meditation on the price of obsession.

The Significance: As with the superior Don’t Look Now, Roeg toyed with chronology and point of view to build his mystery. Unfortunately, the characterization is thin and the actors seem out of synch themselves with the world of the film. Singer Art Garfunkel’s wooden performance makes the film feel far longer than it is, realizing the filmmaker’s fear that the film’s title would be used against it.

The Features: Interviews with Roeg, producer Jeremy Thomas and Theresa Russell, deleted scenes and a gallery of stills and posters.

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