Performance: A Biography of The Classic Sixties Film (Hardback)

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Overview

Performance is a cult 1968 film that inhabits a disturbing world of sex, violence, reality, fantasy and unexpected role reversals.

Beset by controversy, it brought together London’s violent gangster subculture and the hedonistic world of 1960s rock stardom. When it was finally released in 1970 it attracted everything from puzzled admiration to vitriolic hatred. Mick Jagger’s participation had helped director Donald Cammells sell his original idea to Warner Bros, but the studio heads were appalled by the perverted result presented at their first screening. Ordered to recut, and almost destroyed altogether, the scene was set for endless rumours and myths surrounding the history of the film as well as the personality of future suicide Cammell, the role of co-director Nicolas Roeg and the charged sparks between Jagger, Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg during the shoot.

About the book

A thorough analysis of the making of the film featuring original interviews with those involved.
How Performance came about and the involvement of key players such as James Fox who journeyed into the criminal underworld and how real gangsters were involved in the research for the film.
Reveals how Marlon Brando was originally considered for the role of Chas.
The various conflicts and intrigues that arose during filming, how the film was edited, the censorship pressures, the unseen footage and how it eventually made its way to the big screen.
The various conflicts and intrigues that arose during filming, how the film was edited, the censorship pressures, the unseen footage and how it eventually made its way to the big screen.
An overview of the careers to date of directors Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg.

About the author
Paul Buck came in from Sidcup and entered Sixties London at Better Books and UFO. As editor, writer and artist, he has mainly worked at the edges of sexual and criminal issues. Paul’s books range from Lust, Violations, Walking into Myself… to Spread Wide (with Kathy Acker), Prison Break and A Public Intimacy.

Specs

Product IDCOBS012973381
Composer/Artist/Author Paul Buck
Publisher Omnibus Press
Language Eng
Media Textbook
No of Pages352

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