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Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne) (1971)

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A charming fairy tale from musical innovator Jacques Demy and musical collaborator Michel Legrand. Odd but utterly endearing.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD: May 10, 2005
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Koch Lorber Films

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Critic Reviews for Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

Even on paper this couldn't have seemed such a terrific idea.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Donkey Skin is told with the simplicity and beauty of a child's fairy tale, but with emotional undertones and a surrealistic style that adults are more likely to appreciate.

Full Review… | August 11, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
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Even if the restoration doesn't make Donkey Skin this New Wave icon's best effort, it's now that much more worthy of keeping company with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort.

Full Review… | January 14, 2005
Boston Globe
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An ironically enchanting entertainment for grown-ups.

Full Review… | December 23, 2004
New York Observer
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Demy loved romantic naïveté, but he loved the wreckage of human whim just as much, and for him this chestnut harbored both in its shell.

Full Review… | December 21, 2004
Village Voice
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It doesn't come off, despite a dazzling color design and imaginative sets, perhaps because Demy's extremely rarefied talent for fantasy needs to be anchored by a touch of the real.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne)

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[font=Century Gothic]Once upon a time, in "Donkey Skin", there was a king(Jean Marais) and queen who lived happily with their daughter(Catherine Deneuve) until the queen lay dying. On her deathbed, she makes her husband promise that he should only remarry if he can find someone who is more beautiful than she is. After a long and fruitless search, the king realizes that the only person who fits that description is his daughter and asks for her hand in marriage. Naturally, she is not crazy about the idea and goes to her fairy godmother(Delphine Seyrig) for advice. As a stalling tactic, the princess as a condition of accepting the proposal is to ask her father for dresses the colors of weather, the moon and the sun, thinking each request impossible. On each count, the king is successful, each dress more glorious than the previous one. In desperation, she is to ask for the skin of the donkey who magically defecates gems and gold. Again, he accedes. After which the fairy godmother puts the princess into the Princess Protection Program...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Donkey Skin" is a delightful musical fairytale brought forth by the unique vision of Jacques Demy. The movie is about all of the different varieties of love and the many varied ways people can show their affection.[/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A colourful, odd film with an ending that left me scratching my head. The sweet songs and imagery lend a definite Disney-like feel. This is Enchanted with a much stranger premise and a less cohesive narrative.

Watched it, found it entirely enchanting, put the DVD in the mailbox and then napped for 5 hours. It is, at the same time, simple fun and entirely poignant. The interviews in the DVD extra are just....joyously odd.

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