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In this book, having conducted extensive interviews with surviving participants, Colin MacCabe presents the definitive history of the making of Performance, as well as a new interpretation of its artistry.
Paperback, 87 pages
Published August 26th 1998 by British Film Institute
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If not THE, at the very least one of the most interesting films from the late 1960's. When Mick was at the most "Mick Jagger" and with the great and underrated James Fox - made the most altimate film of its period. Drugs, British criminals, rock n' roll, decadence, bi-sexual, tri-sexual, everything-sexual trip that ends in total death and I guess some form of wisedom. Donald Cammell made this masterpiece that is dense with imagery as well as literary illustions of all sorts. The ultimate 'trip' ...more
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, only James Fox was really an actor. Johnny Shannon, who plays mob boss Harry Flowers, was a real London East End hood hired initially as an accent coach. Jagger, despite his star power and ground-breaking, pre-music-video performance of Memo from Turner in this film, played a peripheral role in produ ...more
Colin MacCabe is a British academic, writer and film producer. He has published books on a variety of subjects, including Jean Luc Godard, James Joyce and T.S. Eliot, and has produced many films, among them Young Soul Rebels, Seasons in Quincy, and Caravaggio. He is currently distinguished professor of English and film at the University of Pittsburgh.More about Colin MacCabe...