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Performance
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James Fox James Fox
Chas
Mick Jagger Mick Jagger
Turner
Ann Sidney Ann Sidney
Dana
John Bindon John Bindon
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Stanley Meadows Stanley Meadows
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Allan Cuthbertson Allan Cuthbertson
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6 months, 1 week ago at Aug 18 18:44
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There sure is a lot swirling around in Performance, but I’m not convinced it all adds to much of anything. Performance seems more content in throwing its ideas around and not to engage with them in any meaningful way, and it all becomes a sensory overload before the end. Although, calling it the ending makes it sound like there’s a sense of finality to the story, and there’s not so much as a... read more

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"I am a bullet" as uttered by James Fox's pistol-wielding Chas, shortly after being on the receiving end of a brutal beating and an alleged gang-rape, is one of those rare, truly extraordinary moments that remind you of how powerful cinema can be. This is a film of many such moments, a violent, sex-filled, psychedelic trip through the mind (or minds) of a gangster on the run that poses questions a... read more
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With this hallucinatory chamber drama, Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell tapped into a powerful vein of counterculture paranoia and psychological violence. Mick Jagger and James Fox star as a decadent, reclusive rock star and the desperate, murderous gangster who arrives to hide out at his private estate. As the gangster indulges in the ready drugs and available sexual pleasures of the rocker’s world, he undergoes a visceral identity crisis.
Release date: 4 September 1970
Tags: 1970s (6), Crime (5), Drama (4), UK (4), 1970 (4), Fantasy (3), Music (3), British (3), Gangster (3), Rock Star (3), Computer (2), Cult (2), Sexuality (2), Self Discovery (2), Secretary (2), Drugs (1), Dancing (1), Business (1), Conspiracy (1), Torture (1)
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kathy voted for a review of Performance 6 months, 1 week ago

“There sure is a lot swirling around in Performance, but I’m not convinced it all adds to much of anything. Performance seems more content in throwin”

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“There sure is a lot swirling around in Performance, but I’m not convinced it all adds to much of anything. Performance seems more content in throwing its ideas around and not to engage with them in any meaningful way, and it all becomes a sensory overload before the end. Although, calling it the ending makes it sound like there’s a sense of finality to the story, and there’s not so much as an ellipsis upon an ellipsis like so much of the film.   Filmed in 1968, Warner Brothers shelved the film for two years before finally releasing it. They claimed the film was incoherent, which it is, before they finally released it and it seemed destined a cult film from the beginning. I suppose they thought the presence of Mick Jagger, in his screen debut, was going to be akin to Jailhouse Rock” read more

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