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Donkey Skin -- 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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Release Date:
20 December 1970 (France) See more »
Plot:
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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Charming French nonsense See more (33 total) »

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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Additional Details

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:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Sound Mix:
Stereo (restored version) | Mono (original version) | Dolby SR (restored version)

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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Charming French nonsense, 3 January 2005
Author: jgepperson from United States

With his bold use of color, and his fascination with objects and patterns, Jacques Demy is the Vincente Minnelli of France. I say this, even though I haven't seen all of Demy's films. I've only seen "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, "The Young Girls of Rochefort" and now "Donkey Skin." The fairy tale about a young princess who escapes from her (more than) somewhat wrong-headed father is charming, if slightly disturbing, nonsense. The disturbing part alludes to a suggestion of incestuousness. But, never mind. It's all so light-hearted and silly it hardly matters, and in intellectual France it probably matters even less.

Catherine Deneuve is divine as always. And she has some competition here from Delphine Seyrig, she of the throaty voice, as her fairy godmother.

I still prefer "Umbrellas...". "Donkey Skin" is not quite as lacquered. I even saw a few stray hairs on Deneuve's head in one shot! You would never see that in the other film. And "Donkey Skin" is obviously not shot on the same color stock that gives that deeply artificial saturated look (a problem I had with Todd Haynes' "Far From Heaven"). And even though both movies are wildly stylized, "Donkey Skin" is a fairy tale and "Umbrellas..." is about real people, so the latter is much more emotionally involving. Still, "Donkey Skin" is definitely worth seeing and I recommend it.

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