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Performance

Performance
  • 1970
  • UK
  • 105 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg
  • Written by: Donald Cammell
  • Cast: James Fox, Mick Jagger

Chas (Fox – never better than here) is a violent gangster who has to go into hiding to avoid retribution from Harry Flowers' (Johnny Shannon) mob. By chance he ends up in the Notting Hill house of Turner (Jagger). Turner sees Chas as a source of rekindling his creativity and starts tormenting him with drug-induced mind games with the help of the beautiful Pherber (Pallenberg) and the androgynous Lucy (Michèle Breton). Shot in two halves, one half gangster film, one half a requiem to psychedelic enhancement, experimental film and the belief in the self. Performance looks, feels and sounds like nothing else; it is a miraculous piece of cinema that will stand the march of time. Miss at your peril.

Performance times

Picturehouse Central, London W1D (0.0 miles)

7-14 Coventry Street, London, W1D 7DH
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