Performance

James Fox  Actor Mick Jagger  Actor Anita Pallenberg  Actor Michele Breton  Actor Ann Sidney  Actor

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MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Violence,Nudity,Adult Situations,Strong Sexual Content,Not For Children,Adult Language

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Performance

UPC: 085391116875

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Violence, Nudity, Adult Situations, Strong Sexual Content, Not For Children, Adult Language]

Summary: Even in an era of cinematic experimentation, Performance stands out as a visually daring major-studio film that deals with questions of sanity and identity rarely touched on in mainstream filmmaking. The elements of Performance certainly looked attractive to studio executives at Warner Bros. -- a gangster on the lam hides out in the home of a reclusive rock star -- especially since that musician was being played by Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. But co-directors Nicolas Roeg (who also photographed) and Donald Cammell (who wrote the screenplay) had much more in mind than a walk on the wild side of swinging London. Chas (James Fox) is a sadistic thug who gains our sympathies only because men even crueler than he are out to kill him. After Chas arrives at the mansion occupied by Turner (Jagger) and his female companions Pherber (Anita Pallenberg) and Lucy (Michele Breton), what looks like a decadent idyll fueled by drugs and group sex turns into a series of mind games in which Turner challenges Chas' sexual preference and core identity. Even the film's one musical number, "Memo From Turner," is a William Burroughs-like monologue in which Turner fantasizes taking over Chas' role as a mobster, spewing insults to his colleagues. The film's cult status has been fueled by subsequent films of its co-directors (for Roeg, Walkabout, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and Don't Look Now; for Cammell, White of the Eye), which explored similar themes employing the same kind of jagged editing and striking visuals. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

Category: Avant-garde / Exp

Features: New featurette Influence and Controversy
Vintage featurette Memo From Turner
Theatrical trailer

Performance

Format: DVD

Release Date: 02/13/2007

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 105 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Performance
1. Sex on Wheels [2:33]
2. Chas About His Business [5:49]
3. Addressed Remarks [3:13]
4. Acid Bath, Close Shave [3:06]
5. Keep Personal Relations Out [2:58]
6. Jack the Lad [5:36]
7. The Drop on Chas [2:29]
8. Turnabout [3:25]
9. Noose for a Mad Dog [3:55]
10. Housing Tip [3:41]
11. 81 Powis Square [2:27]
12. Welcoming a Juggler [3:58]
13. Her Turn With Turner [3:06]
14. Three in a Bath [3:10]
15. What a Freak Show [2:39]
16. Determined to Fit In [6:03]
17. Mutually Afraid [4:42]
18. Uncle Needs a Photo [2:05]
19. Time for a Change [3:18]
20. Black, White and Scarred [3:03]
21. Lone Ranger [3:23]
22. Inside Chas's Head [3:59]
23. Male/Female Man [5:21]
24. Hound Dog [2:46]
25. Memo From T [3:58]
26. Appointed Time [3:04]
27. Lying With Lucy [4:34]
28. Bullet's Mark [3:35]
29. Gone to Persia [1:47]
30. End Credits [1:35]

Tom Wiener

If Michelangelo Antonioni put one foot in the waters of late-'60s London with Blow-up, Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell dove right into the deep end of the pool, emerging with this rock & roll version of Ingmar Bergman's Persona (consider the film's production number, "Memo From Turner," the first example of gangsta rap). The delineation between the contributions of the co-directors has been a subject of ongoing critical debate for over 30 years. Because Roeg served as cinematographer (after a brilliant career as a director of photography on such films as Petulia and Far From the Madding Crowd) and Cammell wrote the original script, it was originally assumed that film's "ideas" were Cammell's and the "visuals" were Roeg's. Then, when Roeg went on to have a more prolific career than Cammell (who directed only three more films before his 1996 suicide), credit for more than just Performance's stunning visuals began to tilt to Roeg. But, as Roeg made clear in the 1998 documentary Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance, the questions of identity, sexual and otherwise, that Performance dealt with were lifelong concerns of Cammell. Performance is no simple wallow in the mutually decadent lifestyles of criminals and musicians, but an honest attempt to understand the roles we play every day. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Donald Cammell  Director 
Donald Cammell  Screenwriter 
Sandy Lieberson  Producer 
Jack Nitzsche  Composer (Music Score) 
Nicolas Roeg  Director 
James Fox  Actor 
Mick Jagger  Actor 
Anita Pallenberg  Actor 
Michele Breton  Actor 
Ann Sidney  Actor 
John Bindon  Actor 
Stanley Meadows  Actor 
Allan Cuthbertson  Actor 
Johnny Shannon  Actor 
Anthony Valentine  Actor 
John Sterland  Actor 
Kenneth Colley  Actor 

Country: UK