Performance

Directed by Donald Cammell

Nicolas Roeg, who sadly died in 2018, would prove a canny alchemist when it came to dipping into the pop pool for casting purposes, (he cast David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth and Art Garfunkel in Bad Timing), and he and co-director Cammell hit pay dirt here with Mick Jagger’s extremely convincing turn as a washed up singer (“old rubber lips”) whose seclusion is rudely disturbed by the 60s London crime underworld. Influenced by the writing of the Argentine author Jorge Louis Borges, it’s a kaleidoscopic and eye-popping look at identity and transformation.

Languages:
English

Duration:
1970 minutes

Country of origin:
Great Britain

Year of production:
1970