Saturday, May 21, 2011
Some images via Photo Instant
These photographs are from the set of Performance (1970) starring Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg, among more traditional British actors. Still shrouded in rock legend mystery is the question of whether Jagger and Pallenberg (she was with Keith at the time) had an alleged tryst during the filming of the movie. A more curious mystery surrounding this film is surrounding one of the directors, Donald Cammell, who committed suicide in 1995 at age 62. He only made four films in total and this film Performance, with its dark, disturbing undertones, is said to be very indicative of his unusual, dark perspective. He was a painter to start, later a director, and always a fixture of the swinging sixties scene and an admirer of occultist Aleister Crowley. He had peculiar sexual tendencies and indulged his desires, as a part of a hip group called The Chelsea Set. He lived on the fringes and still intrigues those who knew him with his mysterious, seductive, melancholy presence.