Monday, January 2, 2017

Performance (1970)

A British crime drama directed by Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell, starring Mick Jagger.
A mafia tough-guy has some business go awry and must hide until he can escape the country. Fortunately, he overhears a rock star's conversation in a train station that leads him to a hidden apartment. The other tenants of the building are hippies who feed him mushrooms. This sends him on a psychedelic journey of self-discovery until the other mafia hit men show up.
Brilliant! The plot was unique and quite provocative at the time it was released. I thought the characters fit their roles and were acted well. The main character was more interesting because of changes in his identity, world view and thought process. A dynamic character! Who would ever think to have one of those? The video was a little dark and grainy, but pretty good. They didn't try to go way over the top with the mushroom trip, but showed him in strange situations, questioning reality and reacting to the hippies. The audio had audible dialogue, good use of British slang and appropriate soundtrack music for the time and subject matter. Overall, I think this was done properly and checks all my criteria boxes. I rate it good. This is definitely worth watching!

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