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British Film Institute, Sep 1, 1998 - Music - 87 pages
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Starring James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg, Performance was made by Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg in 1968, but not released until 1970. When the studio backers saw the directors cut, they were so shocked by its sexual explicitness and formal radicalism that attempts were made to destroy the negative. Performance really is one of the most extraordinary British films. An almost magical concoction, it melds the worlds of rock music and street violence, reality and fantasy, politics and art. Having conducted extensive interviews with surviving participants, Colin MacCabe presents in this book the definitive history of the making of Performance as well as a new interpretation of its consummate artistry.

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Here's the scoop on the vision, work, and just plain dumb luck behind Performance , a riveting 1970 cult flick best known as Mick Jagger's acting debut. Many interesting tidbits here: of the leads ... Read full review


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Colin MacCabe is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and Chair of English at the University of Exeter.

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