La Fête Sauvage

a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou

"La Fête Sauvage" is a wildlife-film made by Frédéric Rossif in 1975. Then already Vangelis and Frédéric knew each other already from cooperations such as "L'Apocalypse Des Animaux" (1971), "Georges Mathieu Ou La Fureur d'être" (1971) and "Georges Braque Ou Le Temps Différent" (1974).

Other wildlife documentary series and films by Frédéric Rossif that Vangelis provided a musical score for include "L'Apocalypse des animaux" (1971),  "L'Opera Sauvage" (1979) and "Sauvage Et Beau" (1984).

The music of "La Fête Sauvage" is scattered among both the film and the album, the differences between both couldn't be much bigger with many cues in the film unheard on the album, and vice versa. The film itself is finally released now on both DVD and Blu-Ray disc, thanks to Editions Zoroastre! And well deserved, as the film is one of Rossif's best works, a hommage to life, love and death of African fauna.

Details and Credits
La Fête Sauvage (France, 1975) 35 mm color
Released in France in 1976
Length: 89 minutes

Directed by Frédéric Rossif

Music by Vangelis Papathanassiou
Text by Madeleine Chapsal
Dialog by Evelyne Dress, Gérard Falconetti and Myriam Mézieres
Cinematography: Bernard Zitzermann
Sound engineer: Pierre Boucat
Montage: Dominique Caseneuve
Assistent montage: Pauline Leroy and Uziel Péres
Mixage: Elvire Lerner, Studio Antégor

Producer: Michelle Wiart
Assistent producer: Jean-Charles Cuttoli, Christiane Roussel

Produced by Télé Hachette and Rafran Cinématografica spa

DVD and Blu-Ray

2014 Editions Zoroastre (France)

Belgium Production Video - Belgium (PAL)

"Frédéric Rossif specialized in two types of documentary: the historic documentary: "Mourir à Madrid" (1963) and the second one concerns animals. Here, "La Fête Sauvage" ranks in the second quoted type. It's obvious that Rossif takes pleasure in filming animals. His documentary articulates and focuses on several key-moments in the life of an animal: love and its rituals, the anxiety of death, the hunting of the different carnivorous ( the lion, the cheetah, the tiger etc...). If Rossif favours the use of a slow camera, it's precisely in the goal of a better observation of the animal in its action and (why not?) in its living environment. Sometimes, the film-maker tries to define the animal's feelings. Besides, no matter who the animals are because Rossif never favours any animal. He simply films them with much distance as possible. We are under the impression that the movie searches for the aesthetic beauty and it reaches its goal. This beauty expresses itself by some sumptuous pictures and they create a entrancing climate supported by Vangelis' fascinating music. The best sequence is probably the wildebeest hunting of the two lionesses. Even if the comments told are sometimes difficult to understand, they're a good way to enrich your culture of the world animal. At the end, this is a beautiful book of pictures and the work of a keen filmmaker who showed patience. If you wish to discover other Rossif's animal documentaries, try "Les Animaux" or "Sauvage Et Beau". (D.B. Dumonteil)"