Performance 1970
Title: Performance
Release year: 1970
Genre: Crime, Drama

A violent gangster seeks refuge from the mob in the Bohemian home of a former rock star.

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“Performance” is a British crime drama film released in 1970. Directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, it stars James Fox, Mick Jagger, and Anita Pallenberg in the lead roles. The film is known for its unconventional narrative structure and exploration of identity, sexuality, and violence.

Set in London, the story revolves around Chas (played by James Fox), a violent and ruthless gangster who goes into hiding after a botched job. He seeks refuge in a mysterious house inhabited by Turner (played by Mick Jagger), a reclusive rock star. As Chas becomes immersed in Turner’s bohemian lifestyle, the boundaries between reality and illusion blur, leading to a surreal and intense climax.

“Performance” received mixed reviews upon its initial release but has since gained a cult following and is regarded as a groundbreaking and influential film. The performances by James Fox and Mick Jagger were widely praised for their authenticity and compelling portrayals. The movie’s psychedelic visual style, innovative editing techniques, and provocative themes resonated with audiences interested in counterculture and avant-garde cinema.

Critics of the time appreciated the film’s boldness and its exploration of identity and the nature of performance. However, some found the narrative structure confusing and disjointed, which made it challenging to follow. The movie’s explicit content and violent scenes also divided opinion, with some critics considering it gratuitous, while others saw it as integral to the film’s exploration of power dynamics and the dark side of human nature.

Overall, “Performance” is considered a significant film that pushed the boundaries of cinema in the 1970s. Its unconventional storytelling and themes continue to inspire and influence filmmakers to this day. If you enjoy experimental cinema and are interested in exploring the counterculture of the era, “Performance” may be a movie worth watching.

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Director: Donald Cammell,Nicolas Roeg
Actor: Allan Cuthbertson,Anita Pallenberg,Ann Sidney,Anthony Morton,Anthony Roye,Anthony Valentine,Billy Murray,Edmond Bennett,Helen Booth,Ian McShane,James Fox,Jane Lapotaire,Jay Denyer,John Bindon,John Caesar,John Sterland,Johnny Shannon,Kenneth Colley,Laraine Wickens,Leon Eagles,Mary Quinn,Michèle Breton,Mick Jagger,Randy Gerber,Reg Lye,Stanley Meadows,Terry Duggan