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Performance (Widescreen Edition) [VHS] [1970]

James Fox , Mick Jagger , Nicolas Roeg , Donald Cammell    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michèle Breton, Ann Sidney
  • Directors: Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell
  • Writers: Anita Pallenberg, Donald Cammell
  • Producers: David Cammell, Sanford Lieberson
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 3 April 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CUX6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,847 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A young gangster (James Fox) seeks refuge from the mob in a basement belonging to a fading rock star (Mick Jagger). After taking a trip, he begins to cross dress and experiment with his sexuality. The directorial debut of Nicolas Roeg explores both the liberating impulses and threat of anarchy which provided the twin motors of the 'Swinging Sixties'.

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The extraordinary 1970 British film Performance marked the directorial debut of cinematographer Nicolas Roeg (working with Donald Cammell). James Fox portrays a London gangster who has to hide away for awhile and ends up staying with a fading rock star (Mick Jagger). The latter recognises something of his old, daring self in the violent criminal, and after pushing open the boundaries of the hood's experience with psychedelics, the two men begin to intertwine as one. The film is an exciting pool of ideas about real and presumed power, about the mysteries of "performance" as a pressing outward toward an abandonment of identity and embrace of revelation. Beneath it all, however, is Roeg and Cammell's suspicion that the worlds of these two men--pop shaman and underworld soldier--are not dissimilar in their self-serving goals. --Tom Keogh

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They've finally gone and done it!! 15 Mar 2007
Well I am delighted to say that this version is a DVD master from the 2005 BFI print of the movie with all the original cast dialogue intact. Johnny Shannon (Harry Flowers), John Bindon (Moody), Laraine Wickens (Lorraine) whose original voices had all been dubbed in the only commercially available video versions up to now (even those broadcast by all the major TV networks in the past 20 years) have been restored. I would like to thank Warner Brothers Home Video team in London with whom I have been campaigning since 2005, for making sure that Warner Bros in Burbank didn't just release the US VHS version on DVD which was what was going to happen. Also for adding the very informative documentary feature included on the disc. For everyone who has been waiting for this, here it is. For those of you who haven't seen it but love film, buy it. This is probably the best British movie ever made. And now down to under a fiver. Criminally cheap. Every English film lover should own this so buy it for someone you love!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Stunned to realise that, after many, many years, Performance has finally come out on DVD - and not just any old version: the real, "proper", correct, undubbed version... I used to see this film regularly years ago.... early 70's... The Paris Pullman, The Electric Cinema and The Essential in London... Happy days. Then it disappeared, other than in the criminally dubbed version available previously on VHS. In about 1997 Alex Cox was going to show Performance as part of a series he was running on - I think - BBC2. A friend of mine and I called the Beeb and warned them that that the version they were likely to be about to show was the tarnished version. Give Alex C his due, they took it seriously and did some excellent work to try as far as possible to link an original soundtrack with the visuals. However, even here they missed a couple of the crass overdubs, but a very creditable 9 out of 10 for trying. This version? It has gone straight to 11 out of 10. Loads more could have been done as regards "extras".... interviews with Jagger, Fox, Johnny Shannon (if he's still around), Marianne Faithfull who was not in the movie but who has occasionally spoken about the film since then... Still, the slim extras at least include Sandy (Producer) Lieberson telling the story of the showing of the original cut to Warner Bros execs and their wives and concubines... hilarious! Now that is one showing I'd have loved to have attended!

And, by the way, this is Cammell's film, not Roeg's. Roeg has, over the years, sought from time to time to distance himself from Performance. His photography is very, very good, but the whole philosophy, style, presentation, characterisation is strictly Cammell. The greatest British film since Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger rode the range.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a gangster filem 31 Jan 2004
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Its almost easier to define this film negatively - that is by what it is not: It's not a gangster film; it's not a film about rock stars in the London of the 'swinging sixties'; it's not social realism and it's not a vehicle for any of the 'celebrities' who just happen to appear in it's cast.
This film is a beautifully constructed work of art that transcends narrow classification, with a narrative that challenges our very perception of ourselves as unitary beings in a space-time universe; it forces us to ask questions about our psychic continuity and questions our 'common sense' notions of self/other.
How does it do this? well Performance achieves it's goals through a dazzling display of psychedelic and mythical symbolism - the sheer creative power of which carries the film beyond it's genre, and the veiwer beyond the limitataions of his or hers rational mind.
When we compare this visionary work to the current productions from Hollywood and elsewhere it is like receiving a message from another universe! There is no comparison. This is a unique work. Just don't expect a hollywood ending. This film is an enigma.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Performance has always been a highly underated film designated to cult status and really only of interest to Rolling Stones fans. And for the most part considered simply as "wierd" by anyone else who might be changing channels, the rare occasions it's shown on TV. But there is certainly potential for a great film in its' concepts and with the ideas it explores. The themes of cross gender and mixing of identity is way ahead of it's time. And if they'd had the technology we have today this would have worked very successfully. The sound track which includes music by Ry Cooder and others is really excellent, Memo from Turner is also a rare treat, not only one of the first music videos that was made, but probably the best song Mick Jagger ever wrote and performed solo.

James Fox is brilliant and utterly convincing as violent gangster Chas Delvin. The first part of the film is fast paced showing Chas's fall from grace in his gangland underworld. The second part where he hides in Turner's Mansion feels like your dreaming in slow motion. The lighting and the stage sets of Turner's mansion is pure genius, warm, exotic and lavish, but with seeds of decay ever rotting amongst it's midst. Mick Jagger who's not particularly known for his acting, comes across well mostly as the reclusive rock star Turner, particularly in his scenes with James Fox. Anita Pallenburg as Ferber, Turner's german long term amour is perserved in time here as the exotic beauty and charismatic force of nature she truly was. The strange menage-a-trois they live in with Lucy a frail boyish french girl, played by Michele Breton, is shown as refreshing and uncomplicated. Rather than complex, shallow, seedy and exploitative as it might have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 7 days ago by Durrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and unique. disturbing. wierd, bizzare and ...
Timeless and unique.disturbing.wierd,bizzare and my interpretation of it changes each time I watch it.
Published 25 days ago by Alan Dowson
5.0 out of 5 stars Clash of Masculine Empires
A clash of masculine empires wrought in a flash imperial luxurious style. Having worked with Sarf London gangsters for twenty years, the James Fox performance is cold cool and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Performace
I first watched this film about 20 years ago and it was great, a real contrast of gangsters the first half of the film, then, enter Mick Jagger and hippies the second half of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by betty boop 1
5.0 out of 5 stars A heady mix of mobsters and mushrooms.
One of the great all time "cult" movies,this still potent mix of gangsters,drugs,bi-sexuality and identity works on many levels, with its treasure trove of literary... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mihos
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Is Dubbed!!!
Please be aware the above rating is for the Blu Ray release and NOT the film itself!

I was really excited when I saw this was available on Blu Ray and immediately... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Muzyka
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a classis
One of the greatest British movies ever made.
Published 2 months ago by Ralph Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Performance Blu-ray review
I'm not going to review the film itself as most fans will know what it's about. I'll just review the disc. Read more
Published 5 months ago by brassbound
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ACTING FRM JAMES FOX
Published 6 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars of it's time.
I have not received this DVD. I saw the film at least 30 years ago. It is very dated,as you would expect. Passing off the psychedelia of the sixties in a clever twist.
Published 9 months ago by Tracy Shaw
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