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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:
Absolutely delightful See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Catherine Deneuve ... La princesse / La reine bleu

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)
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Runtime:
USA:90 min | Netherlands:100 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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Trivia:
Donkey Skin proved to be Demy's biggest success in France with a total of 2,198,576 admissions.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:The vicissitudes of life fall on kings as well, and the greatest good is always mixed with misfortune.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Cinderella (1950)See more »

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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely delightful, 5 April 2005
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

'Peau D'Ane/Donkey Skin' is an unexpected delight that more than justified getting up at an ungodly hour of the morning to get uptown to catch a very early morning show.

Jacques Demy's fairytale musical has one of the most gorgeous uses of color ever seen thanks to Ghislain Coquet's photography and the sumptuous visual design (one kingdom has blue-clad, blue-faced servants and blue horses, the other red-clad red-faced servants and red horses), and the script manages to juggle just enough knowing wit without turning into total parody – despite featuring a donkey that craps rubies and emeralds, a crone who spits frogs and a king who wants to marry his daughter in the one film about incest that's still suitable for the whole family, it's played admirably straight. Michel Legrand's songs are as pleasant as they are unmemorable and anarchic (one romantic duet features lyrics about snack bars while another is simply a recipe for a cake) and if Catherine Deneuve's voice double sings even worse than Deneuve acts, it still somehow comes across as charming (although things do go badly for the donkey). Beautiful stylistic touches abound, from the princess running in slow motion through frozen villagers to the how-did-they-do-that-then? dress the color of the weather, but never at the expense of the storytelling. Not quite up there with 'Umbrellas of Cherbourg,' but light years ahead of 'Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.' The French 2-disc DVD boasts a beautifully restored subtitled transfer and most of the extras are subtitled in English.

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