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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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20 December 1970 (France) See more »
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Charming, light-hearted fun See more (29 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
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 (Eastmancolor)
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Stereo (restored version) | Mono (original version) | Dolby SR (restored version)
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Referenced in L'âge des possibles (1995)See more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Charming, light-hearted fun, 19 April 2000
Author: Oriel from Athens, Georgia

The fairy tale on which this colorful musical is based might not seem the most promising story for a light-hearted movie: as the story begins, a dying queen makes her husband promise that his next wife will be as beautiful as she, and his solution is to marry his own daughter. Fortunately, our heroine has a savvy confidante, the marcel-waved fairy godmother, whose worldly advice allows the girl to keep putting off the marriage. Finally, however, the princess has to flee her kingdom and, in a Cinderella twist, disguise herself as a lowly scullion. Fortunately, even covered in a donkey's skin, she manages to win the heart of a prince.

An enjoyably tongue-in-cheek combination of music, humor, and romance, this film features some of the most splendidly over-the-top costumes I've ever seen, and an adorable soft-focus, slow-motion duet between the two young lovers (with hilariously anachronistic lyrics). Actor Jean Marais, who distinguished himself in a very different fairy tale film --Cocteau's -La Belle et la Bete- --makes a distinguished if warped king, and Catherine Deneuve charms as she bakes a cake while singing the recipe--and daintily keeping her ruffled sleeves out of the batter. The fairy godmother is probably the most enjoyable character, a modish lady in high heels who has her own ideas about the king's proper romantic destiny. A plus for tourists is that much of the film takes place in actual French castles, including the one with the famous double-helix staircase.

Those who prefer a darker slant to fairy tales may enjoy reading Robin McKinley's novel -Deerskin-, based on the same story. But if -The Slipper and the Rose- is more your speed, or if you want something appropriate for all ages, track down -Donkey Skin-. Just be prepared if your daughter demands a dress the color of the moon next Halloween.

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