BAD TIMING FILM SCRIPT / SCREENPLAY **SIGNED & INSCRIBED** by NICOLAS ROEG, HARVEY KEITEL, THERESA RUSSELL and JEREMY THOMAS
Original BAD TIMING FILM SCRIPT / SCREENPLAY. Called an EXPORT SCRIPT, this British Film Script was meant for the American Distributor, it reads like a Film Continuity Screenplay / Script, with every scene in the film fully described, including all dialogue, as it was originally shot in U.K.
**HAND SIGNED and LOVINGLY INSCRIBED** by Director NICOLAS ROEG, Star HARVEY KEITEL, Star THERESA RUSSELL, and the film's producer JEREMY THOMAS.
The SCRIPT is Signed and Inscribed on the front cover to a RENÉE. Nicolas Roeg, Theresa Russell, and Jeremy Thomas each hand wrote an inscription above their signature. Harvey Keitel hand wrote and Signed in his hand, "and / Harvey Keitel" below the inscription and signature of Jeremy Thomas.
Here are the inscriptions and signatures:
"For Renée / love Jeremy";
"and / Harvey Keitel";
"With all / my love & regards / & admiration / Nicolas Roeg";
"Renée / Thanks for everything, / you're wonderful! / Love, / Theresa Russell".
I have no real idea who Renée is, however there is a Renée Shafransky who was involved in some capacity in the 1985 Roeg / Russell film Insignificance and perhaps others (perhaps even on Bad Timing in an uncredited capacity?); she later married Spalding Gray and worked with him on his films, and produced some of her own films. She is now a Psychiatrist in New York City (which is pretty weird if she IS the Renée that this Bad Timing script is dedicated too!) Also, Harvey Keitel has a sister named Renée. But, again, I really do know for certain who this Renée is.
Yellow paper covers, white title page, blue and pink inner pages, 8x13 inches, pages printed on one side only, two hole punched at the top, bound with a metal bracket. The pink and blue pages were used to separate the "reels", i.e. the the first pink page is Reel 1 (1A). Pages are numbered by Reel (i.e. twelve numbered sections on alternating pink and blue paper), there are a total of 197 pages plus the white title page.
The title page states Copyright Rank Film Productions, 1980; Printed in England, January 11th, 1980; Directed by Nicolas Roeg; Producer Jeremy Thomas; Total Number of Reels Twelve; 19965 Feet; Running Time 2 hours 2 minutes.
GOOD condition. The front cover is pulled and worn at its two upper binding holes, is creased with small closed tears along the edges where it overhangs the inner pages, and is toned and creased at the upper margin; the rear cover is worn along its overhang and has some soiling; the metal bracket is tarnished and rusting a bit. Internally the pages are very nice, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. ALL the INSCRIPTIONS and SIGNATURES on the front cover are bright and clear.
(Interesting Note: Theresa Russell and Nicolas Roeg met on the set of Bad Timing and were married in 1982. Nobody is quite sure when Roeg and Russell got divorced. This script was obviously signed while their hearts were beating fast for each other.)
There is a Wikipedia page for Nicolas Roeg, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel, Jeremy Thomas, and even Renée Shafransky. All make interesting reading. Here is a bit about Nicolas Roeg (one of the great film directors of the 20th century imho) from Wikipedia:
******Nicolas Jack Roeg CBE BSC, b. 1928 d. 2018, was an English film director and former cinematographer. He is best known for directing the films Performance, Walkabout, Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bad Timing and The Witches.
Making his directorial debut 23 years after his entry into the film business, Roeg quickly became known for an idiosyncratic visual and narrative style, characterized by the use of disjointed and disorientating editing to great effect. He is considered a highly influential filmmaker. Directors such as Steven Soderbergh, Christopher Nolan and Danny Boyle cite him as one of their major influences.******