PERFORMANCE (18) and THE BLOOD OF A POET (PG) 35mm presentation A Brighton Festival 2018 event presented with CINECITY. Part of a series of double bills in which classics of British Cinema from 1968 are paired with a film from another era that shares its radical spirit. PERFORMANCE (18) Dirs: Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell. With: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michele Breton, Anthony Valentine. UK 1970. 105 mins. On the run, gangster Chas (James Fox) hides out in the bohemian home of reclusive rock star Turner (Mick Jagger) and the two men's lives begin to irrevocably intertwine. Part gangster film, part psychedelic identity trip, Performance was inspired by Nabokov and Jorge Luis Borges and influenced by Cocteau’s The Blood of a Poet (1930). The sex, drugs and violence caused panic at Warner Bros, who re-edited the film before its eventual release in 1970. Preceded by: THE BLOOD OF A POET (Le Sang d’un Poète) (PG) Dir: Jean Cocteau. With: Elizabeth Lee Miller, Enrique Rivero. France 1932. 55 mins. French with English subtitles. Surreal and dreamlike, Jean Cocteau’s first film begins with an artist in his studio startled to find a mouth he has painted beginning to move. A personal, poetic, symbolic fantasy.