Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Performing and Performance

One more Performance cover, from the March 1969 issue of Films and Filming... The image of James Fox being flagellated was very much in keeping with the magazine's queer slant and was indicative of Robin Bean's tenure as editor which saw the magazine feature increasing amounts of nudity on the cover, much of it naked male flesh, making it a sort of gay counterpart to the Continental Film Review and earning it the alternative moniker Queer and Queering... The long labor pains Performance suffered is illustrated in the course of Films and Filming, the March 1969 issue features advance stills from the film, but Gordon Gow's review for the film would not appear until April 1971 which is about right - the film was belatedly released in the UK in January 1971. Gow gave it a 3 star review (Not to be Missed) and declared the film "stunning and brilliant"...

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