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From an artistic point of view, one of the greatest films ever made. Donald Cammell's promise and vision endure in this tale of merging identities that prefigured cultural obsessions of the 21st century. Nicholas Roeg's cinematography magically strengthens this non-linear tale filled with color, drama, and dry humor. It is not a wonder that Tarantino and Scorsese, among others, admire this gorgeous, thought provoking masterpiece.
A classic British psychedelic gangster film from the late 60's. The shooting and editing of the film is done in such a way as to evoke the shattering psyche of the film's main protagonist. Fans of Nicholas Roeg ( Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth ), who shot and co-directed the film, will recognize his signature style in this movie.
Performance is basically your run-of-the-mill Gangster Flick with a smattering of early 1970's Pop/Psychedelia thrown in for good measure.
Yep. There you have it in a nutshell - Performance is a major disappointment. No matter how hard it tries to be entertaining, Performance is so annoyingly choppy in the area of editing that it repeatedly falls flat on its fashionable face, regardless of the fact that Mick Jagger appears in the film, or not.
Set in Swinging London, Performance stars James Fox as Chas, the loud-mouthed, shoot'em up, brat-of-a-thug. For the first hour the story focuses entirely in on Chas, who, in less than a minute, has already convinced the viewer that he is nothing more than an obnoxious wiener.
After senselessly gunning down several "imagined" assassins with his trusty piss-tol, Chas wisely flees his predicament, hits the road, and goes into hiding.
In the last half of Performance, after what seems like eternity, running and hiding, Chas finally encounters Turner (Jagger), a talentless graphic aritst, whom he immediately scams. Without batting an eye Chas, the crafty bugger, convinces Turner that it's in his best interest to allow him to stay at his place.
On the whole, Performance is a whacked-out, confusing, and, definitely, dated flick.
this movie was a horrible mess. it wandered around without much of a plot and then gave me an ambiguous ending. Mick could have found a better venue to showcase his talents. this movie reminded me of "Clockwork Orange"and Head".
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