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Donkey Skin (1970)

Peau d'âne (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 20 December 1970 (France)
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 bleue
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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
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Le chef des médecins (as Henri Cremieux)
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Le premier ministre (The Minister) (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Pierre Repp ...
Thibaud
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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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20 December 1970 (France)  »

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Donkey Skin  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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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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Le prince charmant: Fairies are an unseen force that drive us to act for good... or evil.
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Version of The Storyteller: Sapsorrow (1988) See more »

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I love this movie!
28 July 2006 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time in the movies when I was a little girl. I never forgot it, I never forgot the main song. For years I tried to find it in the video stores, I wish it was released in DVD. This is a cult-fantasy movie and deserves to be more available to the general public. Nowadays the "fantasy" movies have a lot of silliness and disgusting behavior due to lack of imagination of new filmmakers. Movies like Peau d'ane should not be forgotten and should be re-released so the new generation can learn to appreciate true art. Catherine Deneuve is in the top of her beauty in this movie, the clothes are wonderful, the music unforgettable.


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