Roland Topor

An artist of many talents, Frenchman Roland Topor painted, wrote both prose and song lyrics and crafted innovative animated films. In the 1970s, he won an international audience thanks to his big-screen collaborations ... Read more »
Born: 01/07/1938

Filmography

Writer (9)

Fantastic Planet 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marquis 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Most Beautiful Breasts in the World 1989 (Movie)

from short story (From Story)

La Galette du Roi 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Hamburger Krankheit 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Tenant 1975 (Movie)

("The Tenant") (Source Material (from novel))

La Fille du Garde Barriere 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Boucher, la Star et l'Orpheline 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Malheurs d'Alfred 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (5)

Nosferatu 2008 (Movie)

Renfield (Actor)

Three Lives and Only One Death 1996 (Movie)

2nd Beggar (Actor)

L' Araignee de Satin 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Un Amour de Swann 1984 (Movie)

Biche (Actor)

Ratataplan 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)
Art Department (1)

Marquis 1991 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)
Other (3)

Fantastic Planet 1998 (Movie)

original design (Other)

Marquis 1991 (Movie)

drawings(original creatures) (Other)

The Lucky Star 1984 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

An artist of many talents, Frenchman Roland Topor painted, wrote both prose and song lyrics and crafted innovative animated films. In the 1970s, he won an international audience thanks to his big-screen collaborations with the likes of lauded filmmakers Roman Polanski and Werner Herzog. After a harrowing youth--he was born to Jewish parents during World War II, and his family was forced to flee to southeastern France to evade the Nazis--Topor returned to his native Paris, where in 1962 he co-founded an influential arts collective known as the Panic Movement. Although he also began making animated short films around this time, Topor devoted most of his energy to the completion of "The Tenant", a semi-autobiographical novel about a Jewish man who fears he's a pawn in a lethal game. Within a few years, Topor had made his name on the global film circuit--first as the production designer of the 1973 animated science-fiction movie "Fantastic Planet", and three years later when "The Tenant" was adapted by Polanski as the director's follow-up to "Chinatown". Before the decade was out, Topor landed a key role in Herzog's gothic fright-fest "Nosferatu the Vampyre", and he would later co-write a script for a 1989 film based on the Marquis de Sade.

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