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According to Anita Pallenberg, one scene actually shows her shooting heroin, which she was just starting to get into at the time.
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At a test screening in Santa Monica in March 1970, one Warner executive's wife vomited with shock in response to the film and paying customers had to be offered their money back.
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Tuesday Weld was supposed to play Pherber and Mia Farrow was up for the part of Lucy, but they were both injured before filming started and had to be replaced.
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Some of the 16mm footage of sex scenes were so explict that the film processing lab refused to develop it, referring to obscenity laws, and instead went on destroying it with hammer and chisel.
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Keith Richards was so angry about the sex scenes between Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg that he refused to play while The Rolling Stones recorded "Memo from Turner" for the soundtrack. Ry Cooder filled in, giving the song its signature slide guitar accompaniment.
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The sex scenes between Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg upset Jagger's fellow The Rolling Stones member Keith Richards. Richards, who was Pallenberg's lover at the time, was reported to have lurked outside the set in a foul mood. Pallenberg had previously been the partner of another Stones member, Brian Jones, who, according to Alex Cox (presenter of BBC2's Moviedrome), partly inspired the character of Turner.
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Was filmed in 1968, but vaulted for 2 years by its distributor, Warner Bros
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During the filming, Donald Cammell allegedly encouraged the cast and crew to take drugs and mingle sexually to help get into the necessary atmosphere.
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Most of the audience walked out of the first preview screening. The release was delayed for two years while it was re-edited three times. Editor Frank Mazzola used montage of images and time jumps which later became his trademark style.
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The principle photography for Performance began on Monday, July 26, 1968.
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It was intended that The Rolling Stones would write the soundtrack but due to the complicated nature of the various relationships on and off-screen, this never happened.
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Anita Pallenberg replaced the pregnant Marianne Faithfull.
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Marlon Brando was originally offered the role of Chas, but he declined. The character was originally American.
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The scene in which Chas is escorted out of Powis Square by thugs has one shot which has been reversed; if you look carefully you'll see a boy walking backward and cars driving in reverse.
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Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg (mainly responsible for the 'look' of the film) also benefited from a lack of interference from Warner Bros. studio executives, who believed they were getting a Rolling Stones equivalent of A Hard Day's Night (1964). Instead, they delivered a dark, experimental film which included graphic depictions of violence, sex and drug use.
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The film was partly inspired by the writer Jorge Borges (in particular the theme of identity crisis); references to Borges abound, including his portrait near the end of the film.
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Director Donald Cammell arranged for James Fox to spend time with real East London gangsters to help prepare his character. David Litvinoff (credited as "dialogue coach and technical advisor", but actually pretty much "mob liaison") made sure he didn't get into any real trouble.
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According to Nicolas Roeg, a Warner exec said of the scene depicting Turner in a bath with Pherber and Lucy, "Even the bath water was dirty." The response from the studio was to deny the film a cinematic release. It has been claimed that at one stage Warner Bros. wanted the negative to be destroyed.
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The films original scripted title was "The Liars", then it was changed to "The Performers" and eventually the more existential title "Performance."
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Turner's address in the film is 81 Powis Square. Exterior shots were actually filmed at number 25 Powis Square, whilst interior shooting was done at 15 Lowndes Square, Knightsbridge, the house of Leonard Plugge. The neighbours of the latter address were paid to go on holiday for the duration of the shoot, during which time the cast lived in the house.
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Actress Rachel Weisz's favorite movie.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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This was Mick Jagger's cinematic debut, although Ned Kelly (1970) was released first.
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Donald Cammell was influenced by Artaud's theories on the links between performing and madness.
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According to a recent book on Donald Cammell, Anthony Valentine is said to have not only disliked working on the film, but the film as well.
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Some of the minor members of Flowers' gang were allegedly real London gangsters.
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When trying to psych Chas out, Turner pretends he has seen his show, and asks Pherber when this was: "'67? '68? '69?" The film was initially due for release in 1968 but held up until 1970, rendering this bit of dialogue slightly pointless.
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Ann Booth's last film.
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Producer Sanford Lieberson gave Philippe Mora the 35MM short ends of the movie to film his first feature film Trouble in Molopolis (1969).
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