Movies Galore takes a look at forgotten bizarre animation ‘Marquis’ from 1989 take a look…

Written by David Strege

What is interesting about this french 1989 animation is the person behind which the film is about.  The famously imprisoned Marquis de Sade.


Directed by Henri Xhonneux filmed in Belgum, France with the animation help of Roland Topor who’d previously brought to us in 1973 his work on le Planete Sauvage known to us in english as The Fantastic Planet, this film is basically based on the writings of the imprisoned Marquis de Sade while imprisoned in the Bastille Castle Dungeons.

In real life he spent fifteen years in the Bastille.  But here he is a dog.  His jailer a mole.  Imprisoned for defecating on a cross the Marquis was even further imprisoned and accuser of raping Justine a cow.  Many of the French guards look like roosters.  As this is before the French Revolution it’s almost funny because roosters prance and so did french royals of the times.

In any case the Marquis has a peculiar relationshionship with his penis throughout the whole film which has a face and a name, Colin.  When he isn’t whining of not being satisfied he is telling the Marquis stories of which he has written down.

What is suggested is that the Marquis de Sade was imprisoned wrongfully to cover up the King of France being the father of Justine’S Child.  Don Pompero a man of the church and High esteem as well as Gaetan de Preaubois the one in charge of the Marquis sentencing as they both discover the ribald erotic etchings of the Marquis and quickly disperses them under the pseudonym Sade.


The tagine used in the US release was “a bizarre tale of sex, lust and the French revolution.  I think that this film is well over looked as an artistic film of sorts as I believe there are parts of it that mock the people of the times as well as imitates the progressive change France was undergoing.  Not just in the monarchy but in the thoughts and erotica writings of a man they seem to enjoy throwing back in prison time after time again.

 It’s no wonder he had so many repressed urges.  From his mole jailer who just wanted to to be anal raped by Colin.  To Justine the cow who got caught up in the blackmail scheme and her unabashadly falling in love with the Marquis through his sadistic erotic writing.


This was absolutely not an animation for children as it borders on exploitation and sexploitation.  But I believe it totally deserves a mention especially since there is a huge connection to Fantastic Planet the animator behind that classic can be so dirty minded.


I enjoyed this weird vibe tale of macabre derived from the writingsame of an obviously perverse person in nature.

I also think the costumes the men and women behind the costumes were pretty unique as even t h ought they strangely resembled animals and like I’ve said before almost mock the individual they were imitating I believe they created a world of democratically libertarian society.  As well as the story of Juliette de Titane and her uprising of Revelusionaries…

I recommend this film to be at least seen to believe it it’s no joke and enjoy!

Soon people are wondering whom this Sade is for the writings have become popular.  I have to say this was the most bizarre animation I’ve come across.

Starring Francois Marthouret as Marquis (voice), Valerie Kling as Colin (voice), Michel Robin as Amber (voice), Isabelle Wolfe as Justine (voice)(as Isabelle Canet-Wolfe), Vicky Messiah as Don Pompeo (voice), Nathalie Juvet as Juliette (voice), Rene Lebrun as Gaetan de Preaubois/ Bernardin (voice), Bob Morel aS Pigonou (voice), Roger Crouzet as Lupino (voice), Willem Holtrop Willem (voice), Eric De Sarria as Jaco (voice), Henri Rubinstein as Orleans (voice), Peter Fischer as Poulets (voice), Hans Mauli as Poulets (voice), Jacques Bouanich as Poulets (voice), Jean-Daniel Boucry as Poulets (voice), Philippe Dumond as Clients (voice), Serge Blumental as Clients (voice), Philippe Bizot as Marquis/ Willem, Bien de Moor as Justine/ Juliette Gabrielle van Damme Ambert/ Bernardin, Olivier Dechaveau as Don Pompero/ Lupino, Bernard Cogniaux as Gaetan de Preaubois/ Orleans, Pierre Decuypere as Pigonou/ Jacquot.

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