"The only performance that makes it, that makes it all the way, is the one that achieves madness."
Gangsters, rock stars, violence, mushrooms, lipstick - all mix and merge in the British film Performance (1970). Co-directed by Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg, starring Mick Jagger and James Fox, it's a unique movie that you'll never forget once you've seen it. I remember first seeing it many years ago in college, at a midnight campus show, and if I remember correctly, I think I was high and drunk at the time. The movie, which unwinds like a hallucination, stunned me. And I realized that I most certainly should not have taken anything before the movie to get buzzed. PERFORMANCE itself is an intoxicant. It is also, among other things, a great and unique gangster film, and I wrote about it for Criminal Element as part of my Gangster Cinema, British Style series.
You can check the piece out here: PERFORMANCE.