September 6: Performance

Thursday, September 6 | 9PM Performance Great Britain 1970 d. Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg with James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg and John Bindon. Colour. 115 m

“the most disgusting, the most completely worthless film I have seen since I began reviewing.”  Richard Shickel

“New wave with a vengeance, Performance offers a nonstop farrago of strobe cuts, flash-forwards, percussive zooms, rack-focus shots, weird aural cues, and trippy interpolations…. The movie is a facile enough pastiche of underground pyrotechnics and Euro-art pretensions, but far more evocative now is the fast, offhand repartee between the principals….. Frequently naked, even as she keeps changing her outfit, the then 24-year-old Pallenberg is a stunning creature. Her sexual insolence and petulantly garbled line readings give a mocking edge, seldom encountered outside the Warhol factory, to her erotic scenes with Fox.”  J. Hoberman

Links:  BFI  IMDB  Wikipedia

See Also:  One Plus One aka Sympathy for the Devil (Godard, 1968),  Dillinger è morto aka Dillinger is Dead (Ferreri, 1969)\,  Ned Kelly (Richardson, 1970), Lucifer Rising (Anger, 1972).