a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou
Vangelis and Frédéric most likely met in Paris during 1970. Their first work together in 1971, "L'Apocalypse des animaux" (a wild-life series in six episodes) is the start of their life-long friendship and collaboration. After this, Vangelis scores many of Rossif's wild-life documentaries, with well-known titles like "La Fête Sauvage" (1976), "L'Opera Sauvage" (1979) and "Sauvage et Beau" (1984). Much of the wild-life footage shot for these documentaries is later re-used for special compilations such as "Splendeur Sauvage" (1986), "Les Animaux De Frederic Rossif" (1989) and "Beaute Sauvage" (1989).
Less known are their films about the painters Georges Mathieu (1971), Georges Braque (1974), Pablo Picasso (1981) and Morandi (1989), or the feature about photographer Gisèle Freund "Au pays des visages" (1972).
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of L'Institut Pasteur in Paris, in 1987 Frédéric produces a special documentary for which Vangelis again composes the score. In 1989, a year before Rossif's death, they work together on what was to be their last collaboration, "De Nuremberg á Nuremberg", a four hour long special -in four parts- about the rise and fall of the German empire during the World War II.
Although it is clear that Vangelis composed original music for most of the documentaries listed here, some music also re-appears throughout several documentaries. For instance, some of the music from L'apocalypse des Animaux can alo be heard in films such as "Au pays des visages", "Georges Braque", "Morandi" , "L'Opera Sauvage" and of course all of the wild-life compilation series. It is commonly assumed that Rossif kept an archive of the music Vangelis once delivered for his movies, and when in need of some music for current projects, later re-used some of the old cues from his archive.
His major breakthrough comes with the production of "Le temps du ghetto", about the terrible acts that took place in the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. His next film "Mourir a Madrid" (To die in Madrid) about the Spanish Civil War is nominated for an Academy Award in 1965. Another major production is his film about the Russian Revolution, "Revolution d'Octobre". In 1970 Frédéric produces his first (and only) non-documentary film, "Aussi loin que l'amour". The film features Salvador Dali as an actor (among others).
Frédéric Rossif died in Paris in 1990, where he lies buried still.
Note: films marked with years in orange are confirmed to contain Vangelis' music.