Roland Topor (1938-1997) was a French illustrator, painter, writer and filmmaker. In 1962 he created the Panic Movement (mouvement panique), together with Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fernando Arrabal. Topor wrote the novel "The Tenant" (1964), which was filmed by Roman Polanski as The Tenant (1976) (a remake of the film, Le nouveau locataire (2013), was released in 2013). The book was re-issued with a new introduction by Thomas Ligotti, a selection of short stories by Topor, a representation of Topor's artwork and an essay on the Polanski film version. Topor published several books of drawings, including "Dessins panique" (1965), "Quatre roses pour Lucienne" (1967) and "Toporland" (1975). With filmmaker René Laloux, Topor made "The Dead Times" (1964),The Snails (1966) and their most famous work, the feature Fantastic Planet (1973).
In 1982 he creates with Henri Xhonneux the popular French TV series Téléchat (1982), a parody of news broadcasts featuring puppets of a cat and an ostrich. Topor also worked as an actor, his most famous part being Renfield in Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979). is a 1989 French-language film, produced in Belgium and France, based on the life and writings of the Marquis de Sade. All the actors wear animal masks, and their voices are dubbed. There are a few scenes involving clay animation. The film was a project by French cartoonist Roland Topor.
The tagline used in the US release was, "A bizarre tale of sex, lust, and the French Revolution." "