directed by Henri Xhonneux
Belgium / France 1989


Ribald, violent, surreal and satirical, Marquis offers a unique take on the events leading up to the French revolution as seen from the perspective of the notorious Marquis de Sade. Presented in metaphorical terms, each of the actors' faces are covered by an animal mask that more or less represents their character. Their voices were dubbed in later. The tale opens while the dog-faced Marquis de Sade serves jail time. When not working on his writing, he engages in long conversations with Colin his penis, a meter long member endowed with a human face. When Colin is not whining about his need for stimulation and his particular interest in the rat-like bisexual jailer Ambert and espousing his impulsive philosophies, he is criticizing the Marquis' work, some of which is illustrated via claymation. The Marquis is in trouble for allegedly raping and impregnating the cow-faced Justine, who was really victimized by the king, something the camel-headed priest Don Pompero, and the cocky Gaetan De Preaubois, try to keep secret. Meanwhile, the revolutionaries prepare to stage a coup and depose the king.

Sandra Brennan

Theatrical Release: April 26, 1989 - France

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DVD Review: Cin & Scen - Evénements et Communications - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Pieter Boven for the Review!

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Runtime 1:19:18 (4% PAL speedup)

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French, German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles French, English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Cin & Scen - Evénements et Communications

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Behind the scenes (31'44), in French without subtitles
• Story boards of the animation sequences (1'48)
• Photo gallery (2'41)
• Theatrical trailer (0'40), in French without subtitles
• Biography of Roland Topor (2'51), French text
• Biography of Henri Xhonneux (2'35), French text
• Téléchat trailer (1'33), in French without subtitles

DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004

Chapters 11

Comments The image quality of the DVD is excellent. Vivid colors, good sharpness and only a few spots here and there. The mono sound is equally well restored. Both the original French and dubbed German sound clear with no noise and are easy to understand. The English subtitles are well done and placed correctly.
None of the extras are subtitled in English. However, the 30 minute "making of" consists of behind the scenes footage and nothing of importance is said. The biographies are informative and written with a good dose of humor and it's a pity they are not available in English.
Overall, an excellent release of a unique movie. I personally feel the extras are a bit of a let down, especially for those who don't understand French.

 - Pieter Boven



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