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Performance (1970) review

Posted : 6 years, 3 months ago on 30 August 2012 09:20

"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 about identity, gender, sexuality, dualism, vice and versa.On the surface, it's simply a swinging-sixties London-set tale of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the embodiment of all that of course being Mick Jagger as a reclusive rock star. But there's so much more to it than that. Beautifully shot and scored, featuring music ranging from The Last Poets to Merry Clayton, an incredible performance from James Fox and a truly mind-bending ending, this is simply one of the greatest films I've ever seen and my brief review will not do it justice.

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