Peau d'Âne (1970, FRA) C-90m. *** D: Jacques Demy. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin, Micheline Presle, Delphine Seyrig, Fernand Ledoux, Henri Crémieux, Sacha Pitoeff, Coluche, Rufus, narrated by Jean Servais. A fairy tale, Jacques Demy style. When her mother dies and her father, the King, might just choose her as his second wife, princess Deneuve flees from his kingdom and becomes Donkey Skin, using a donkey costume to keep anyone from discovering her. Her life is lonely, however. Outstanding color cinematography (by Ghislain Cloquet) makes this very interesting, though story tends to be too low key. Extensive use of songs, fine score by Michel Legrand. English titles: DONKEY SKIN, MAGIC DONKEY, and ONCE UPON A TIME.


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