PERFORMANCE
1970, Warner Bros., 105 min, UK, Dir: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg

Perhaps the wildest, most deeply layered psychedelic movie ever made. Gangster James Fox goes on the lam, hiding out in reclusive pop star Mick Jagger’s decaying townhouse in the hippie London ghetto. Jagger and polysexual pal Anita Pallenberg put Fox through his paces with mind games and large doses of psylocibin mushrooms - all climaxing in the mind-blowing “Memo for Turner” production number. Brutal beatings, sexual-identity crises and prodigious drug-taking are punctuated by one of Jack Nitzsche’s best scores (highlighted by Ry Cooder’s incredible bottleneck guitar work).


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