Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne) Reviews
This film is beloved in France. This is all the more interesting because the idea of traditional musical has always been a hard sell to French culture. This is based on an old French fairy tale. And, really, there is nothing conventional about Jacques Demy's 1971 movie.
It is kind of comical that this is children's story about a kingdom dependent upon a donkey's ability to defecate crown jewels and a beautiful princess who may be forced to marry The King, her own father. Yes. Incest. All of this is delivered in sincerity. No hint of irony.
It might sound "compelling" but it isn't. It is painfully steeped in late 1960's style. Legrand's score is lack luster. It is far too long.
I'm sorry. I just don't get it.
And I resent the fact that I "own" a copy of this blu-ray in the Criterion Box Set. I had no choice.
For me, "Donkey Skin" is cinematic torture. Wait. Think about that. Catherine Deneuve is stuck in the literal costume of an actual skin and head of a dead donkey. And incest. Is this really appropriate?
I guess over 60 million people can't be wrong. And check out the ratings here on RT. I don't know. Maybe it's me.