July 19th, 2004


Can you see the picture of Borges now?


"...Strapped financially, his marriage collapsing, and forced to watch his work raped before his eyes for the last time, Cammell had apparently had enough of Hollywood. One night in April of 1996, at the age of sixty-two, he put a shotgun to his head and pulled the trigger. He then lived for another forty-five minutes; among his last words were "Can you see the picture of Borges now?" Doubtless this was a reference to the climax of Performance, in which a bullet pierces a brain and then shatters a portrait of author Jorge Luis Borges – a prominent influence on Cammell's life and work. The director's final act was to ask his wife for a mirror, that he might observe his own last breath...."