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Donkey Skin(Peau d'âne)

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France · 1970
1h 31m
Director Jacques Demy
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Jacques Perrin, Jean Marais, Delphine Seyrig
Genre Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance

A fairy godmother helps a young princess escape her arranged marriage by disguising her as a donkey, but that doesn't stop another prince from falling in love with her along the way. Can she live happily ever after with the King on her tail?

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TV Guide Magazine by

An enjoyable hour-and-a-half for adults that creates a wholly unique world of colorful sets, costumes, and characters.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

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.


Boston Globe by Janice Page

It's practically a primer on how to rework a literary classic into an impressively restrained movie with something fresh and intelligent to say.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Seasonally it's more appropriate as a May Day bacchanal, but in any month Demy's movie makes for an evocative globe-paperweight tableau of its place and time, and a concise demonstration of the disquietude inherent in classic fairy tales.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

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.

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