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Director:
Writers:
Jacques Demy (screenplay) and
Andrew Birkin (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
17 December 1972 (UK) See more »
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Come children of the universe, let Donovan take you away, far far away.
Plot:
Greed, corruption, ignorance, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A pied piper named Donovan. See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jack Wild ... Gavin

Donald Pleasence ... The Baron

John Hurt ... Franz

Donovan ... The Pied Piper

Michael Hordern ... Melius, Alchemist

Roy Kinnear ... Burgermeister Poppendick

Peter Vaughan ... Bishop

Diana Dors ... Frau Poppendick
Cathryn Harrison ... Lisa
Keith Buckley ... Mattio
Peter Eyre ... Pilgrim
John Welsh ... Chancellor
Hamilton Dyce ... Papal Nuncio
Arthur Hewlett ... Otto
Andre Van Gyseghem ... Friar
Patsy Puttnam ... Helga
Paul Hennen ... Karl
David Leland ... Officer
Michael Goldie ... Burger
John Falconer ... Priest
Clive Elliott ... Priest
David Nettheim ... Kulik (as David Netheim)
Sammie Winmill ... Gretel
Gertan Klauber ... Town Cryer

Roger Hammond ... Burger
Edwin Brown ... Burger
George Cormack ... Burger
Mary MacLeod ... Maidservant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Fielder ... Flunky (uncredited)
Sacha Puttnam ... Little Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Demy 
 
Writing credits
Jacques Demy (screenplay) and
Andrew Birkin (screenplay) and
Mark Peploe (screenplay)

Robert Browning  poem (uncredited)
Jacob Grimm  fairy tale (uncredited)
Wilhelm Grimm  fairy tale (uncredited)

Produced by
Sanford Lieberson .... producer
Gavrik Losey .... associate producer
David Puttnam .... producer
 
Original Music by
Donovan 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Suschitzky 
 
Film Editing by
John Trumper 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
Assheton Gorton 
 
Art Direction by
George Djurkovic 
 
Costume Design by
Evangeline Harrison 
 
Makeup Department
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist (as Bob Lawrence)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Garth Thomas .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tony Jackson .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Larner .... gaffer
Ron Robson .... camera operator
Roy Rodhouse .... best boy
 
Music Department
Kenny Clayton .... conductor (as Kenneth Clayton)
Kenny Clayton .... music arranger (as Kenneth Clayton)
Donovan .... musician: singer
 
Other crew
Zelda Barron .... continuity
John Holmes .... rat trainer
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Iceland:12 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:G

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Was released after the death of Hamilton Dyce.See more »
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Featured in Jacquot de Nantes (1991)See more »

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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A pied piper named Donovan., 25 May 2002
Author: dbdumonteil

Donovan sings three songs :outside the wonderful "sailing homeward",he performs two ditties "I'm the pied piper" (obvious) and "life has her (!) ups and her downs".It was filmed on location in Germany

"The pied piper" ,like "Peau d'âne" which was released the year before, is a fairy tale ,but the mood is drastically different:I would say that "peau d'âne" is a movie for children that can appeal to adults,and "the pied piper" a movie for grown -ups which can appeal to children."Peau d'âne" is the bright Renaissance,with its châteaux de la Loire such as Chambord,and the forest and the country are not hostile,it's a providential world."The pied piper" is the dark Middle Ages;the beginning might have been influenced by Bergman's "the seventh seal":the wandering entertainers ,the plague ,the "sorcerer" ...The screen play is almost an original one:the famous legend lasts barely ten minutes ,the rest of the plot is completely new and extremely pertinent.

Two worlds clash in Demy's work: the world of Melius the jew,that of an embryonic science and a desire to explain the things and to react to them:he comes much too soon and anyway the Jews suffered persecutions in those troubled times too:think that Louis IX,King of France of the thirteenth century ,forced the jews to wear the "rouelle",a sinister ancestor of Hitler's yellow star.And he became Saint-Louis, canonized by the Catholic Church.

And there's the world of the bishops,sinister characters dressed in red,red as blood,who personify intolerance and ignorance :unlike Melius,they react to the bubonic plague by saying it's a God-sent ordeal,because men are sinners,they do not have to understand but they must be ready to repent and to mortify (self-flagellation).The wedding is revealing as well:listen to the bishop,the way he speaks to the bride:she is an impure human being,whose only way is to follow her husband's rule:till 1215,woman had no soul!

Demy expresses his disgust with the famous scene of the wedding cake: big rats appear,they had entered the cathedral-pastry.It won't be long before the magnificent dessert crumble .And it will not be long before Hamelin itself and its hypocrite priests crumble like Sodom .So the pied piper is like God's angel ,leading Lot out of this doomed place.The children are the just men,sometimes sacrified as Hurt's unfortunate bride ,a child herself -a girl used to get married at an early age in those ancient times.

Demy 's pessimism,which passed for melancholy in "Lola" , muted in "les parapluies de Cherbourg",seemed to disappear in "les demoiselles de Rochefort" and "peau d'âne", is glaring in "the pied piper".This is probably his darker work.Thus ,one can forget his return to the ponderous comedy with Deneuve and Mastroianni in 1972".

"The pied piper" remains an overlooked,ignored work.How many Demy's fans do not even know that this film exists?I urge them to see it,it's an essential part of his work,and maybe his swansong,because he was never to reach such heights afterward.

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