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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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Director:
Writers:
Charles Perrault (fairy tale)
Jacques Demy (written by)
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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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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
The Greatest Fairy Tale Ever Filmed? See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Catherine Deneuve ... La princesse / La reine bleue

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
Charles Perrault (fairy tale)

Jacques Demy (written by)

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)
"Magic Donkey" - , Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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Narrator:Once upon a time there was a king so great, so loved by his people and so respected by neighboring kingdoms that he was the happiest of monarchs. And his happiness was even greater for having chosen a beautiful and virtuous wife. The couple lived in perfect harmony...See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Fairy Tale Ever Filmed?, 25 August 2014
Author: gavin6942 from United States

A fairy godmother (Delphine Seyrig) helps a princess (Catherine Deneuve) disguise herself so she will not have to marry a man (Jean Marais) she does not love.

Jacques Demy loved fairy tales since childhood, and they remained a strong presence in his life. He attempted to make a Sleeping Beauty film in the 1950s, and ended up putting fairy tale references in both "Lola" (1961) and "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964). With "Donkey Skin", he finally succeeded, and made what could be his greatest film.

He also cast Catherine Deneuve, possibly Europe's greatest actress, and his constant muse. Rounding out the talent was Italian costume designer Gitt Magrini, who is apparently not a well-known figure, but based solely on this film ought to be.

Numerous elements in the film refer to Jean Cocteau's 1946 fairy tale film "Beauty and the Beast": the casting of Jean Marais (who had been Cocteau's beast), the use of live actors to portray human statues in the castles, and the use of simple special effects such as slow motion and reverse motion.

There is also the influence of Walt Disney. Demy himself noted in 1971, "When I wrote the scene where we see Donkey Skin kneading the dough and singing the song of the love cake, I saw Snow White, assisted by birds, preparing a pie." What are we to make of the incest theme? Interestingly, the whole concept seems to be ignored, with the idea of father-daughter love being wrong only on practical, never moral, grounds. What is the film trying to say? Demy returned to this theme in "Three Seats for the 26th" (1988), although in a very different context.

There is also the unusual blend of fairy tale and modernity, both in the "poetry of the future" and a later reveal concerning transportation. Again, how are we to interpret this? Is it all a dream, a fantasy world outside of time itself?

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