BAD TIMING, 1980

Director

Nicolas Roeg

Cast

visit the film locations

Vienna: Flights: Vienna International Airport

Visit: the Stallburg, the stables of the famous Riding School in the Hofburg Palace complex

Visit: Osterreichisches Galerie (the Austrian Gallery of 19th and 20th Century Art) in the Oberes Schloss Belvedere

Visit: Cafe Landtmann, Universitätsring 4, A-1010 Vienna (tel: ++43.1.24.100.100)

Morocco:

Getting there: flights to Menara (Marrakech) or Mohammed V (Casablanca)

Tourist info: Tourism in Morocco

Specialist tours: Cosmos Tourama Tour holidays, including Morocco and visits to Aït Ben Haddou


Trivia

See more of Vienna on screen in Carol Reed classic The Third Man and Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise

Bad Timing filming location: Cafe Landtmann, Vienna

Bad Timing location: Alex discusses relationships with the ‘foppish man’: Cafe Landtmann, Vienna

Photograph: wikimedia / Gryffindor

Psychoanalyst Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel) calls an ambulance when he discovers Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell) unconscious from a drug overdose, but Inspector Netusil (Harvey Keitel) can’t help feeling that something just doesn’t add up. He relentlessly badgers the aloof and arrogant Linden in an attempt to tease out the niggling inconsistencies in his version of events.

The story is a familiar screen theme of a controlling man in relationship with a free-spirited woman, but Nicolas Roeg’s prismatic editing turns it into a mysterious and disturbing puzzle.

Although Linden is the shrink, it’s Netusil who burrows into his psyche like a relentlessly guilty conscience. Fittingly, the movie is set in the home of psychoanalysis, the cluttered, elegant Jugendstil city of Vienna, where Sigmund Freud himself pioneered the famous ‘talking cure’.

Milena’s typically florid apartment building is Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 2, just east of the Schönbrunn Palace, southwest of the city centre.

The gallery she visits with Linden to see the paintings of Gustav Klimt is the Neue Galerie, on the second floor of the Stallburg, the stables of the famous Riding School in the Hofburg Palace complex.

The entrance is at Reitschulhgasse 2, on the northern corner of Josepfsplatz between Stallburgasse and Braunerstrasse.

The Klimts (including the famous The Kiss, which is featured in the opening sequence), the Egon Schieles and other paintings were moved in the late Eighties though, and they’re now on display in the Osterreichisches Galerie (the Austrian Gallery of 19th and 20th Century Art) in the Oberes Schloss Belvedere.

The Belvedere Palace stands on a hill southeast of the Schwarzenberg Palace overlooking Vienna in acres of formal gardens.

The large, elegant coffee house, where Linden discusses Milena with the ‘foppish man’ (Daniel Massey), is the landmark Cafe Landtmann, Universitätsring 4, a historic hangout for politicians, alongside Vienna’s Burgtheater.

Bad Timing filming location: Kasbah Taourirt, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Bad Timing location: the ‘hotel’ of Alex and Milena in Morocco: Kasbah Taourirt, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Photograph: wikimedia / Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Alex and Milena take a holiday in Morocco at Ouarzazate, a favourite North African location seen in films as diverse as Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah, Jewel of the Nile and Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Sheltering Sky.

Their hotel, the ‘Palais Glaoui’ is the the Kasbah Taourirt, Avenue Mohammed V, which is now a museum.

It’s on a rooftop terrace overlooking the Jemaâ el Fna, the huge and bustling main square of Marrakech, with its food stalls, storytellers and snake-charmers, that Milena chooses to ignore Alex’s proposal of marriage and their relationship hits the rocks.

The Jemaâ el Fna is also featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Bad Timing filming location: Waldorf Astoria, Park Avenue, Manhattan

Bad Timing location: Alex glimpses Milena in New York: Waldorf Astoria, Park Avenue, Manhattan

In the film’s coda, Alex glimpses Milena one last time as their paths cross outside the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, in New York.




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