Moviedrome Mondays: Performance (1970)

Though I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing directors Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell’s 1970 seminal British cult classic Performance, I did find one of Cox presenting it during (I believe) a one-time Summer programming event on BBC Two entitled Forbidden Weekend back in 1995 (read here). Nevertheless, one can read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was July 7, 1991 (read here). Speaking as a huge fan of both Roeg and Cammell, perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay to Performance is that it cemented both Roeg and Cammell’s status as daring original filmmakers. If any of you readers are interested, here are two links to a list of my favorite Nicolas Roeg films (read here) and Donald Cammell films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s intro to Performance during BBC Two’s 1995 summer programming event entitled Forbidden Weekend

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer


5 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Performance (1970)

  1. I went to see Performance at the cinema. I was around 18/19 years old at the time. I didn’t care for the film, mainly because I though Jagger was clumsy and awful as an actor. I haven’t bothered to watch it since.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Cox’s intro poses an interesting question. “Who is cooler? Turner the former rock star played by Jagger or Chas the murderous gangster played by James Fox. I suspect the answer changes with every new decade.

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