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Donkey Skin (1970)
"Peau d'âne" (original title)

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A fairy godmother helps a princess disguise herself so she won't have to marry a man she doesn't love.

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La princesse / 'Peau d'âne'
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Le roi bleu
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Le prince charmant
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La reine rouge, la seconde reine
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Le roi rouge, le seconde roi
Henri Crémieux ...
Le chef des médecins (as Henri Cremieux)
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Le premier ministre (The Minister) (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Pierre Repp ...
Thibaud
Jean Servais ...
La voix de (voice)
Georges Adet ...
Le savant
Annick Berger ...
Nicolette
Romain Bouteille ...
Le charlatan
Louise Chevalier ...
La vieille fermière
Sylvain Corthay ...
Godefroy
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The education of a princess wrapped in a love story. A king and queen live happily until her sudden death. The king decides to marry his lovely daughter. She's willing, but the Lily Fairy serves as a social conscience, intent on thwarting incest. She instructs the princess to request a series of dresses impossible to make; however, the king's tailor succeeds. So the fairy plots the princess's escape, wearing the skin of the king's prize donkey. She's spirited away to be a scullery maid dressed in the noisome skin. A wandering prince sees her in the woods and is smitten. Can love find its course, and does the princess learn a lesson of life's hardships? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Ring in the Cake
17 September 2007 | by (Colombia) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt, Jacques Demy brings to world one of the most exquisite movies, full of color and music, and "Peau d'âne " is not the exception. This movie is a wonderful adaptation of Charles Perrault tale about a princess who must be disguised by a donkey skin, so in this way the king don't find her and marry her. "Peau d'âne " is a distinguished musical fantasy, full of unforgettable characteristics of charm. Catherine Deneuve, who is the princess, as always, is fantastic and beautiful. The scenario is surprising, worthy of a fairy tale, each aspect is delicate and preserved. The songs are beautiful too, and very sticky. Other thing are its characters, all builds a perfect tale of funny situations.

Is undoubtedly that Jacques give to its movies a special and magical touch, that, between fantasy and reality are mixed to gives us a time of joy and tears, or both and " Peau d'âne" counts with that. Is a funny and beautiful story, each situation is memorable as its characters: We love the Princess character, as all the royalty and all the people of the town, but what make "Peau d'âne" more unforgettable is all the fantastic or funny situations that the characters are confronted in colors and songs (As memorable could be describe for example the sequences of the"Dress of time" and "The ring test"). "Peau d'âne" also counts with different technical methods, which develop more the previous characteristics, as are the slow camera and the "same scene" repetitions.

"Peau d'âne" is one of that classic tales that, in the case, as i am, you have not heard or read before, this is a great adaptation of it. As we remember other tales by Perrault, this is undoubtedly faithful. "Peau d'âne" is, sincerely, an indispensable movie for all the lovers of magic.

*Sorry for the mistakes...well, if there any.


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