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Donkey Skin ()

Peau d'âne (original title)
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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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La princesse / La reine bleue
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Le roi bleu
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Le prince charmant
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La reine rouge, la seconde reine
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La fée des Lilas
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Le roi rouge, le seconde roi
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Le chef des médecins (as Henri Cremieux)
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Le premier ministre (The Minister) (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Pierre Repp ...
Thibaud - l'intendant
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Le récitant (voice)
Georges Adet ...
Le savant
Annick Berger ...
Nicolette
Romain Bouteille ...
Le charlatan
Louise Chevalier ...
La vieille fermière
Sylvain Corthay ...
Godefroy
Michel Delahaye ...
Le deuxième 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 deuxième médecin
Catherine Géniat ...
Une fille de cuisine
Martine Leclerc ...
Mademoiselle 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 (singingVoice)
Jacques Revaux ...
Le prince charmant / The prince (singingVoice)
Christiane Legrand ...
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Un paysan injurieux (uncredited)
Annie Maurel ...
The Rose (uncredited)
Yves Pignot ...
Petit rôle (uncredited)
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Petit rôle (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jacques Demy

Written by

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Charles Perrault ... (fairy tale)
 
Jacques Demy ... (written by)

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Mag Bodard ... producer

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Michel Legrand

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Ghislain Cloquet

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Anne-Marie Cotret ... (as Anne Marie Cotret)

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Christiane Gratton ... assistant editor

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Jacques Dugied

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Gitt Magrini

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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

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Michel Choquet ... production manager
Philippe Dussart ... production manager
Hubert Vallus ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alain Franchet ... assistant director
Jean Lefèvre ... assistant director

Sound Department

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André Hervée ... sound
Gérard Manneveau ... assistant sound

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Philippe Tourret ... restoration coordinator

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Yves Agostini ... assistant camera
Emmanuel Machuel ... camera operator

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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

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Nicole Dehayes ... choreographer
Annie Maurel ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

The education of a princess wrapped in a love story. A king and queen live happily until her sudden death. The king decides to marry his lovely daughter. She's willing, but the Lily Fairy serves as a social conscience, intent on thwarting incest. She instructs the princess to request a series of dresses impossible to make; however, the king's tailor succeeds. So the fairy plots the princess's escape, wearing the skin of the king's prize donkey. She's spirited away to be a scullery maid dressed in the noisome skin. A wandering prince sees her in the woods and is smitten. Can love find its course, and does the princess learn a lesson of life's hardships? Written by

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Also Known As
  • Donkey Skin (United States)
  • Magic Donkey (Ireland, English title)
  • Once Upon a Time (United Kingdom)
  • Eselshaut (Germany)
  • Piel de asno (Spain)
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  • 91 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Jacquot de Nantes (1991). See more »
Quotes La fée des Lilas: Fairies are always right.
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