Directed by: Nicolas Roeg & Donald Cammell

Monday, June 3, 2013

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Post-film discussion with Gregg Bordowitz! 35mm print

PERFORMANCE takes viewers on a hallucinogenic trip through the underbelly of 1960s bohemia as seen through the eyes of a sadistic gangster on the lam (an ultra-glam James Fox). Filmmaker and activist Gregg Bordowitz first saw the film in 1987 during the height of the AIDS crisis. “It appealed to my queer sensibilities with its bisexuality, gender confusion, and passion, and taught me that ‘performance’ is a matter of self-constructed persona embracing both the good and evil in the psyche.” PERFORMANCE endures as a bold testament to a time of seismic change, and reminds us that the concept of self is always open to interpretation.

R, 105 Minutes
UK, 1968

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