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In Performance, Nicolas Reig and Donald Cammel’s acid-tinged cinematic eulogy for the Summer of Love—and valentine to French New Wave—Mick Jagger plays Turner, a songwriter holed up in paranoid seclusion. Jagger’s Turner gets his inspiration from ingesting hallucinogens and having threesomes with his two beautiful housemates. (We’ve all been there.) Performance’s folklore is expansive, spawning countless rumors (Jagger was really tripping, the trio was really screwing, actor James Fox subsequently had an emotional breakdown as a result of the stress) that threaten to overshadow the film’s impact—but in this case, fiction is far stranger than what supposedly happened behind the scenes.
THE FILM SHOWS MAY 1 to 4 AT THE AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER, 8633 COLESVILLE ROAD, SILVER SPRING. $6–$10. (301) 495-6720.