Donnerstag, 2. Mai 2013
FRENCH SEX 1970
A Pop Art Experience with Anna Karina and Jane Birkin.
Doors open: 20h
20h30, France 1970, 80 min. french with english subs
In this murder drama with strong sci-fi undertones, Max cares for a mystery girl after she is involved in a riding mishap. She accidentally witnesses a videotaped murder and is marked for elimination by the killer. When the killer goes after Max, the girl races to give him information that can identify him.
22h: France 1970, 81min. french, english, german
I love it when European directors try to wrap their heads around America in the Sixties. I’m thinking of Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point, Godard’s Sympathy For The Devil and the film I’m sharing here, Henry Chapier’s Sex-Power. Revolution has never been sexier, more romantic, existential or just plain goofy when seen through the prism of the nouvelle vague.
Sex-Power is a sweet bit of candy-colored psychedelic fluff with an astringent dose of agit-prop militancy in its chewy center. While most of the film is in English there is occasional French dialog without the benefit of English subtitles, but you hardly need to know French to get the gist of what is happening. This is the tale of a young Frenchman who arrives in Northern California looking to forget a lost love (Jane Birkin) and ends up encountering various forms of feminine power as embodied by Bernadette Lafonte as Salome and Catherine Marshall as “la fille moderne.” The film moves through space and time in an impressionistic, lysergic dreaminess.
Directed by film critic and journalist Henry Chapier in 1970, Sex-Power has a lovely soundtrack by Vangelis and luscious cinematography by Edmond Richard.
Released the same year as El Topo and Zabriskie Point, Chapier’s film has some striking desert imagery that can’t help but recall those films. More than likely a case of cosmic synchronicity as opposed to influence, given they were all made at the same time. (dangerousminds.net)