BAD TIMING
1980, Park Circus/ITV, 123 min, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

An all-star cast heads this drama about love, possession and obsession. Alex (Art Garfunkel) is an American psychoanalyst and lecturer in Vienna. He meets and falls in love with Milena (Theresa Russell), a young and beautiful American, and the two embark on a passionate affair. She, however, does not wish to be confined to one man, and as she becomes increasingly unfaithful, Alex becomes more and more possessive. The film is told in flashback as Alex sits in a hospital where Milena is being treated for a drug overdose. He recounts the events to the investigating officer (Harvey Keitel), who must decide whether her condition is attempted suicide or something more sinister.


SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
1968, ABKCO Films, 110 min, UK, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard’s SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL stands as one of the pivotal and, arguably, most controversial films of the legendary provocateur. The film alternates between reflections on contemporary politics and social issues of the late 1960s while providing an unprecedented view of The Rolling Stones’ creative process in the recording studio. Its infamous premiere at the 1968 London Film Festival was highlighted by Jean-Luc Godard physically assaulting the producer on stage. Witness the premiere of the pristine 4K restoration, presented in its original aspect ratio, as supervised by Tony Richmond, the film’s cinematographer.


DON'T LOOK NOW
1973, Paramount, 110 min, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

Director Nicolas Roeg’s atmospheric adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s story is a haunting meditation on the consequences of repressing traits inside us that could mean the difference between life and death. Antiquities restorer Donald Sutherland and wife Julie Christie, in mourning after the accidental drowning of their young daughter, journey to Venice during the off-season to help renovate a church. But their encounter with two strange sisters, one of whom is a blind clairvoyant, pulls them into shadowy back alleys and deserted canals and onto the radar of a warped serial killer terrorizing the city. A brilliant variation on Italy’s homegrown giallothriller genre then enjoying success in early 1970s European cinema.


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