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

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Family, Fantasy  |  20 December 1970 (France)
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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 / La reine 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 ...
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Sacha Pitoëff ...
Le premier ministre (The Minister) (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Pierre Repp ...
Thibaud
Jean Servais ...
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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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Donkey Skin proved to be Demy's biggest success in France with a total of 2,198,576 admissions. See more »

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Classic French story
20 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Weird, yes and off-putting to some, but this is a classic French "conte de fée" (fairy tale) by Charles Perrault.

This man was also responsible for Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

The stories in Mother Goose also stemmed from his work.

If you think about it, many of these stories contain weird or gruesome elements but are now all considered classics which we read to our children, albeit in somewhat doctored form.

So, weird to Americans, but normal to the French.

One cannot deny that the picture is beautifully filmed, and that the color is truly outstanding.

We should note that Jacques Demy also directed the Umbrellas of Cherbourg and the Young Girls of Rochefort. There is a great similarity in attitude and art if one compares these three films of his.


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