Chas a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner a one-time rock superstar who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent...
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Performance marked the directorial debut of Nicolas Roeg (Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth) and co-director Donald Cammell (Demon Seed), who also wrote the experimental screenplay - citing Francis Bacon, Nietzsche and Jorge Borges as inspiration. The film owes its distinct visual style and cult status to the successful collaboration between these two filmmakers. Set in swinging sixties London, James Fox plays Chas Devlin, a gangster with a talent for violence and intimidation, who in underworld terms, is a "performer." Mick Jagger is Turner, a reclusive rock superstar whose home becomes a hideout for Chas. In this spellbinder of illusion and reality, decadence and decay their worlds collide - and the impact is both exotic and explosive. The soundtrack features music from The Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, The Last Poets and more. Actors Allan Cuthbertson, James Fox, Mick Jagger, Vicky Hodge, Anita Pallenberg, Ann Sidney, John Bindon, Stanley Meadows, Anthony Morton, Anthony Valentine, Kenneth Colley & John Sterland Director Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg Certificate 18 years and over Year 1970 Screen Widescreen 1.77:1 Languages English - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono Duration 1 hour and 45 minutes (approx) Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.
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'.