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Vladimir Etush ...
King Gaston IX
Svetlana Nemolyaeva
Vera Novikova ...
Princess Theresa
Aleksandr Galibin ...
Prince Jacques
Zinoviy Gerdt ...
Poet Laureate to King Gaston IX
Tatyana Pelttser ...
Wicked Fairy
Valentina Panina
Nikolay Karachentsov
Lyudmila Makarova ...
madam Burabo
Sergei Parshin
Boris Arakelov
Aleksandr Domashev ...
Dandy
Sergey Filippov
Sergei Ivanov
Mariya Barabanova ...
Blind Old Woman
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1982 (Soviet Union)  »

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Donkey's Hide  »

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How do you like that, Catherine Deneuve?
14 October 2015 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Charles Perrault's "Donkey Skin" is one of the lesser known fairy tales. It's about a princess who disguises herself in the pelt of a gold-excreting donkey to avoid an unpleasant marriage. A notable adaptation was Jacques Demy's 1970 movie starring Catherine Deneuve in the title role.

Well, it turns out that the Soviet Union made its own version of the story. "Oslinaya shkura" ("The Donkey's Hide" in English) isn't as flashy as the French version but still has lots of charm. The opening and closing scenes with the paintings added a special element to the storytelling. A number of the scenes come across as more slapstick, especially the scene with the wicked fairy.

I should admit that a number of the scenes made me throw out sarcastic comments like on "Mystery Science Theater 3000". But it's mostly a good movie. I like seeing the different cultures' perspectives on fairy tales.


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