Review: ‘Performance’

James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg star in a crime meller, laced with needless, boring sadism and dull, turnings-off sex angles.

James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg star in a crime meller, laced with needless, boring sadism and dull, turnings-off sex angles.

Fox is a hood who finally gets the heat put on him; he hides in a house owned by Jagger, entrenched in freaky atmosphere with Pallenberg and Michele Breton. Fox finally is found out, there’s a phony sadness to the climax, and it all runs out after a too-long 102 minutes.

Randy Newman conducted the Jack Nitzsche music, overall a good sound. Co-director Nicolas Roeg’s lensing is tricky, the characters gamey, the dialog dull, performances flat, impact none.

Performance

UK

Production

Goodtimes/Warner. Director Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg; Producer Sandy Lieberson; Screenplay Donald Cammell; Camera Nicolas Roeg; Editor Antony Gibbs, Brian Smedley-Aston; Music Jack Nitzsche; Art Director John Clark

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

James Fox Mick Jagger Anita Pallenberg Michele Breton Ann Sidney John Bindon
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