Performance, 1970

Performance is a 1970s British avant-garde/experimental crime drama film; about a London gangster who hides out in the home of a reclusive, eccentric musician; the former rock star lives with two women in a bisexual ménage à trois; set in England, Germany, Japan and New York City; the first feature film to use the cut-up technique; shot in 1968, the studio initially refused a release due to its controversial violence, (allegedly real) sex and drugs; released recut in 1970, dubbing over the original Cockney accents; restored decades later

Shockadelic rating: Recommended

Contributors: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg, Sanford Lieberson, James Fox, Mick Jagger, Jack Nitzsche, Keith Richards