Film

Performance

Part of Modern Cinema

Friday, October 13, 2017
6 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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Donald Cammell + Nicolas Roeg, Performance, 1970 (still); image: courtesy AF archive/Alamy Stock Photo

Selected by Todd Haynes

“The manic, disjunctive editing rhythms that distinguish this devilish late-’60s psychological drama shocked viewers in 1970 nearly as much as did the film’s subject: the strange, tense cohabitation of a London gangster (James Fox) with a self-medicating pop star (Mick Jagger) and his two steady female companions (Anita Pallenberg and Michele Breton). With its fractured narrative logic and polymorphous sexual dynamics, the film would become a key reference point for glam movies as early as Roeg’s own The Man Who Fell to Earth and as late as Haynes’s Velvet Goldmine.”
— Film Society of Lincoln Center
“Roeg’s debut as a director is a virtuoso juggling act which manipulates its visual and verbal imagery so cunningly that the borderline between reality and fantasy is gradually eliminated.”
Time Out
“Mick Jagger? In a Brit gangster classic? Believe it. And believe that Performance is much, much more. Uncorked in 1970, it’s a shocking crime thriller, a time-capsule of Swinging 60s London, and a fizzy intellectual headtrip all whisked into one astonishing film.”
Time Out


Film Details

Country: UK
Language: English
Year: 1970
Running time: 105 min
Format: 35mm
Directors: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg
Screenwriter: Donald Cammell
Producer: Sanford Lieberson
Cinematographer: Nicolas Roeg
Editors: Antony Gibbs, Brian Smedley-Aston
Source: British Film Institute


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