Rant of the Day: Bad Timing - dir. Nicolas Roeg -1980 - UK
The title of this post refers to what the studio, Rank, had to say about Nicolas Roeg's long-forgotten Bad Timing (also known as Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession), which has only recently (since it's gorgeous Criterion release) received the attention it deserves. Probably Roeg's last great film, Bad Timing investigates the apparent suicide attempt of a young girl (Theresa Russell) through the memories of her older lover (or is it stalker?), Art Garfunkel (I'll try to forgive Roeg for showing me more than I ever wanted to see of Art). Bear witness to some of the most marvelous editing techniques you may ever see (well, aside from Roeg's previous films). He intended to make a film about how a man cannot intellectualize himself out of love and/or obsession, but also acutely tackles ideas of truth, reality, and fatal attraction. While I don't think it's nearly as glorious as Walkabout, Don't Look Now, or Performance -- it haunted me for days.