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Marquis (1989)

R  |   |  Animation, Comedy  |  26 April 1989 (France)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
François Marthouret ...
Marquis (voice)
Valérie Kling ...
Colin (voice)
Ambert (voice)
Isabelle Wolfe ...
Justine (voice) (as Isabelle Canet-Wolfe)
Vicky Messica ...
Dom Pompero (voice)
Nathalie Juvet ...
Juliette (voice)
René Lebrun ...
Gaëtan de Preaubois / Bernardin (voice)
Bob Morel ...
Pigonou (voice)
Roger Crouzet ...
Lupino (voice)
Willem Holtrop ...
Willem (voice)
Eric De Sarria ...
Jaco (voice)
Henri Rubinstein ...
Orleans (voice)
Peter Fischer ...
Poulets (voice)
Hans Mauli ...
Poulets (voice)
Jacques Bouanich ...
Poulets (voice)


The scene is a pre-French Revolution Bastille, where various political prisoners are being held: a woman who was raped and impregnated by the king, a police chief who was accused of selling bad pork, and the Marquis, who was unjustly accused of working for the overthrow of the king. The Marquis is only interested in writing his deviant stories, while his penis yearns for a little action (they argue about this frequently), the prime candidate being the jailer who likes to be buggered. The corrupt priest arranges to have the pregnant woman raped by the Marquis so they can claim the king had nothing to do with it. The priest also steals the Marquis' manuscripts and publishes them for his own profit. Things come to a head as the people rise up against the tyranny. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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26 April 1989 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Markiz  »

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Marquis: My one and only noble point may be found in my bodily appendage, whom I will consult democratically as he is rather whimsical.
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Performed by Agnès Mellon and Dominique Visse
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Deliciously decadent and devious
24 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Somewhere along the lines of "The Muppets Take the Bastille" via "Deep Throat", this unusual but lavishly produced film is (very) loosly based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade. Using period costumes and animal masks, the interweaving tales of treachery and deception make for clever intrigue, but the high sexual content (in it's brief release in the USA, it was limited to the "art house" circuit), has hobbled the film's availability.

While not a "porn film" in any real sense, it does reflect the sexual mores of pre-Revolutionary France and features clay-animated dramatizations of sequences from the Marquis' own writings. Let the kids watch "The Lion King" for the umpteenth time, then lock the door and watch this for yourself. Just remember that a film like this would NEVER be made in the USA. You'll have to hunt for this one, so don't bother looking for it in your local Blockbuster.

(Sidenote: The designer of the costumes is a puppeteer for a French children's TV show along the lines of "Sesame Street", and it caused a brief sensation when the film was first released.)

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