The Drop Box

February 14, 2008

Roland Topor (1938-1997)

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Here’s some stuff that Roland Topor has done that you haven’t.

 

1. He was a key member of the “Panic Movement”  in 1962, a theatre group that critiqued Surrealism for being too bourgeois while still embracing its basic guidelines.  The other founding members of the group were crazy psychedelic filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and crazy psychedelic playwright Fernando Arrabal.

 

2. He wrote the novella “The Tenant” which was adapted by pederast extraordinaire, Roman Polanski into one of the best horror films ever made.

 

3. He was the main animator on Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage, 1973) and wrote a ton of stuff for TV and film, including “Marquis” which features an dog faced Marquis de Sade arguing with his human-faced erection.  A-may-zing.

 

5. Acted in a ton of crap.  He was Renfield in Werner Herzog’s “Nosferatu” (1979).  I know, that’s pretty fucking sweet.

 

So this is a dude to check out.  Big time.

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