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Release Date:
20 December 1970 (France) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Catherine Deneuve ... La princesse / 'Peau d'âne'

Jean Marais ... Le roi bleu

Jacques Perrin ... Le prince charmant

Micheline Presle ... La reine rouge, la seconde reine

Delphine Seyrig ... La fée des Lilas

Fernand Ledoux ... 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
Michel Delahaye ... Le second ministre
Simone Guisin ... La duchesse Antoinette
Gabriel Jabbour ... Le chef des tailleurs
Bernard Musson ... L'huissier
Patrick Préjean ... Allard
Valérie Quincy ... La duchesse Girard
Annie Savarin ... La princesse Pioche
Christine Aurel ... Une jeune fille dans la grange
Dorothée Blanck
Paul Bonifas ... Le quatrième médecin
Jean-Marie Bon ... Le cocher
Laurence Carile ... Tristounette
Gabriel Cinque ... Le messager
Jean Daniel ... Le troisième médecin
Guy d'Avout ... Le quatrième ministre (as Guy Davout)
Jean Degrave ... Un laquais
Lucien Frégis ... Le second médecin
Catherine Géniat ... Une fille de cuisine
Martine Leclerc ... Mlle Gauthier
Marion Loran ... Une jeune fille dans la grange
Sophie Maire ... La princesse de Monthion
Michel Mardore ... Le cinquième ministre
Vanina Michel ... Une jeune fille dans la grange
Maud Rayer ... Une fille de cuisine
Sonia Reff ... Ripincelle
Domergue Regor ... Le troisième ministre (as Regor)
Pierre Risch
Andrée Tainsy ... La mère
Geneviève Thénier ... La fille dans l'appentis
Jean Valière ... Le second cavalier
Anne Germain ... Peau d'âne (singing voice)
Jacques Revaux ... Le prince charmant / The prince (singing voice)
Christiane Legrand ... (singing voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Coluche ... Un paysan injurieux (uncredited)
Annie Maurel ... The Rose (uncredited)
Yves Pignot ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Rufus ... Petit rôle (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Demy 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jacques Demy 
Charles Perrault  fairy tale

Produced by
Mag Bodard .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
Ghislain Cloquet 
 
Film Editing by
Anne-Marie Cotret  (as Anne Marie Cotret)
 
Art Direction by
Jacques Dugied 
 
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini 
 
Makeup Department
Monique Archambault .... makeup artist
Alain Folgoas .... makeup artist
Renée Guidet .... assistant hair stylist
Alexandre Marcus .... makeup artist (as Alex Marcus)
Éliane Marcus .... makeup artist (as Eliane Marcus)
Janou Pottier .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
Michel Choquet .... production manager
Philippe Dussart .... production manager
Hubert Vallus .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alain Franchet .... assistant director
Jean Lefèvre .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
André Hervée .... sound
Gérard Manneveau .... assistant sound
 
Visual Effects by
Philippe Tourret .... restoration coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Agostini .... assistant camera
Emmanuel Machuel .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Christiane Gratton .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jacques Demy .... lyrics
Anne Germain .... singer: La princesse, Peau d'âne
Christiane Legrand .... singer: La fée des Lilas
Michel Legrand .... conductor
Jacques Revaux .... singer: Le prince
 
Other crew
Nicole Dehayes .... choreographer
Annie Maurel .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Peau d'âne" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:90 min | Netherlands:100 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (restored version) | Mono (original version) | Dolby SR (restored version)

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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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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Demy's Kitsch Fairy-Tale Vision, 17 January 2005
Author: mackjay from Out there in the dark

PEAU D'ANE has not been easy to find in the US, so the recent restoration has allowed fans of Jacques Demy's romantically-tinged films a chance to finally see it.

The 1970 film turns out to be a true European fairy-tale film. The story is presented un-Disneyized, with many bizarre, even repellent components. The king's donkey produces riches, mainly coins and jewels, from its anus. And when his wife dies, the king wants to marry his own daughter, a concept met with only mild bewilderment. Surely for many, these and other details will seem strange and off-putting. Yet the original versions of many well-known fairy-tales are much more violent and bizarre than we would suspect from the typical Hollywood treatments they tend to get.

The most distinguishing features of Demy's film are the production design and the music. Costumes, and especially sets in this film could often be described with no better a word than 'kitsch'. The king's throne is a huge, stuffed white cat that looks like something he won throwing darts at a carnival. Many objects that seem out of place in royal palaces are on display in the film, along with costumes that betray their true decade of origin. But this may be Demy's conscious intent, maybe the influence of the Nouvelle Vague, of which he was never more than a marginal participant. The film's climax contains the most blatantly anachronistic thing and pretty much convinces the viewer that the director never wants it forgotten that this is, after all, a movie.

For some reason, the songs written for PEAU D'ANE by Michel Legrand have not become better known. Perhaps this is due to the relative obscurity of the film itself. It's a typical Legrand score, using and re-using a handful of tunes throughout. Fans of the composer will not mind, since the songs are characteristically infectious and even haunting.

The cast is populated by some of the most attractive and interesting performers available to French film at the time: Catherine Deneuve, Jacques Perrin (who would go on to direct WINGED MIGRATION), Jean Marais (the great Cocteau collaborator), Delphine Seyrig and Micheline Presle.

A one-of-a-kind movie from an underrated director.

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