4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating but immature.,
This review is from: Bad Timing  [DVD] (DVD)
This was quite a shocking film when i first watched it as a teenager. It had images that stayed with you long after the film had finished. Yet i've watched it again lately and even though it is still a fascinating film, full of the disturbed and self-destructive Russell and the repressed Garfunkel, I find that the director Nicholas Roeg is hardly capable of treating the feelings of the characters seriously. I hate the distracting photographic techniques, the zoom-in's, and the cutting back to Teresa on the hospital bed, it's overly intellectual editing that calls attention to itself and takes us away from the most important part of the film which is the characters. The opening sequence has paintings by Klimt but it needs Schiele, something dirtier and more sordid for this story of distorted sexual desire. Instead we get the occasional, almost embarrassed snippet of a breast or bottom.
Harvey Keitel has no real purpose and serves as another distraction, whilst Denholm Elliot has far too little screen time as he's a fascinating character. Overall it's a bit of a mess but an interesting mess nevertheless.