Donkey Skin

Donkey Skin

Directed by Jacques Demy • 1970 • France

In this lovingly crafted, wildly eccentric adaptation of a classic French fairy tale, Jacques Demy casts Catherine Deneuve as a princess who must go into hiding as a scullery maid in order to fend off an unwanted marriage proposal, from her own father, the king (Jean Marais). A topsy-turvy riches-to-rags fable with songs by Michel Legrand, Donkey Skin creates a tactile fantasy world that's perched on the border between the earnest and the satiric, and features Delphine Seyrig in a delicious supporting role as a fashionable fairy godmother.

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Donkey Skin
  • Donkey Skin

    Directed by Jacques Demy • 1970 • France

    In this lovingly crafted, wildly eccentric adaptation of a classic French fairy tale, Jacques Demy casts Catherine Deneuve as a princess who must go into hiding as a scullery maid in order to fend off an unwanted marriage proposal, from her own father, ...

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  • “Pour le cinéma”: On the Set of DONKEY SKIN, 1970

    Director Jacques Demy and actors Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, and Jacques Perrin are interviewed on the set of DONKEY SKIN in this segment from a 1970 episode of the French television program “Pour le cinéma.”

  • DONKEY SKIN Illustrated

    This short program from 2008 presents images from several illustrated editions of Charles Perrault’s fairy tale “Peau d’âne,” including those from the first printing in 1695.

  • DONKEY SKIN and the Thinkers

    In this 2008 discussion, film critic Camille Taboulay, psychoanalysts Lucille Durrmeyer and Jean-Claude Polack, and seventeenth-century literature specialist Liliane Picciola talk about DONKEY SKIN’s themes of incest, love, and childhood fantasy.

  • Jacques Demy at the American Film Institute

    In this excerpted audio recording from 1971, director Jacques Demy answers questions about his filmmaking and storytelling methods from students at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.