Donkey Skin

Published August 24, 2009 by Molly

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Fairy tales vary endlessly, but their essence often boils down to an encounter between innocence and evil. Donkey Skin, or Peau d’ane in the original French, is a 17th century tale by author Charles Perrault that filmmaker Jacques Demy adapted for the big screen in 1970.

Donkey Skin is Demy’s third musical after The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort, two technicolor gems that also star Deneuve. Being both a Demy production and a film based on a fairy tale, Donkey Skin is predictably bizarre, disturbing and lovely all at once: a poisoned bon-bon of a movie. This is not one to pass up if you happen to encounter it on eBay or in the bargain bin. The innocence-vs-evil theme will appeal to anyone who’s ever been a kid, and if that doesn’t clinch it, the crucial role of a jewel-pooping donkey will.

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  1. Nathalie says:

    I love Donkey Skin so much. I made the costume a few years ago – Donkey Skin and a dark blue dress with little light up stars. Such a strange and wonderful story. I read that as the story traveled to England it was changed to be less shocking and the gold came out of the Donkey’s ears and the princess was adopted.
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