a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou
Not much is known about the original screenings except that it played at the 1970 San Sebastian Film Festival where it won the Silver Shell Award. That year the Golden Shell award went to an Italian film named "Ondata di colore". It is likely that the film also played for some time in French cinemas, as suggested by the lobby cards displayed on the side of this page.
"Sex Power" is the only film of Henry Chapier which score has been released on a soundtrack album, nothing was however heard from the music that Vangelis made for "Salut Jerusalem" and "Amore". The last two movies have however been released by Ina.fr and can be viewed there online...
Details and Credits
Directed by: Henry Chapier
Scenario: Henry Chapier
His emotional education takes place between two journeys: a solitary trip across America -in the grip of the hippie myth- and a long oneiric odyssey on the part of the hero, who lets his mind dwell at length on the temptation provided by women other than the one who loves him. So Alain is torn by an emotional reality -his relationship with Jane (Jane Birkin)- and the wanderings of his youthful imagination. The journey that takes him from California to a desert that could be the Sahara -is it rela or imaginary? The women he dreams of -do they exist only in his mind or do they represent real encounters? Sex Power shows that ... and adventure has no real existence: as you come nearer, it drifts further away...
The ideal of symbolic women in the film are presented in the guise of characters of legend: Bernadette Lafont is Salome, Elga Andersen is Lorelei, and Juliette Villard takes up the tradition of the femme fatale.
And where is Alain at the end of his real and imaginary journeys? Sex Power provides no cut-and-dried answer, but leaves the question open; but it makes it clear that one must learn to make the most of promises and happiness, and discover, through being faithful in love, something even more valuable- how to be true to oneself."
Or as told by Dan Pavlides (AMG): "This symbolic film follows the journey of a young man as he awakens to his sexual desires. He is seen naked in the desert and in full attire talking to hippies at Berkeley. He sees a dancing girl and a young British woman with a little girl. Cleopatra appears in the desert, and a German girl recites poetry. All the women depicted are symbolic of love, family and desire that is the focus of his search."