• France
  • 1970
  • 90 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  •  
  • Spine #718

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.

Cast

The first queen/The princessCatherine Deneuve
The first kingJean Marais
The Lilac FairyDelphine Seyrig
The princeJacques Perrin
The red queenMicheline Presle
The red kingFernand Ledoux
The doctorHenri Crémieux
The prime ministerSacha Pitoëff

Credits

DirectorJacques Demy
Written byJacques Demy
Original music byMichel Legrand
CinematographerGhislain Cloquet
Set designs byJim Léon
Art directionJacques Dugied
EditorAnne-Marie Cotret
Costume designersAugusto Pace and Gitt Magrini
SoundAndré Hervée
ProducerMag Bodard

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • French television interview from 1970 with director Jacques Demy and actors Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, and Jacques Perrin on the set of the film
  • “Donkey Skin” Illustrated, a 2008 program on the many versions of Charles Perrault’s fairy tale
  • “Donkey Skin” and the Thinkers, a 2008 program on the themes of the film, featuring critic Camille Tabouley
  • Audio Q&A with Demy from the American Film Institute in 1971
  • New English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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Jacques Demy and Nantes: The Roots of Enchantment

July 31, 2014

A friend and longtime scholar of Jacques Demy ruminates on the great director’s career, as well as the port hometown they shared—which would become a magical movie location. Read more »


Film Essays

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Donkey Skin: Demy’s Fairy-Tale Worlds

By Anne E. Duggan July 28, 2014

Jacques Demy’s first full-fledged storybook fantasy challenges and subverts traditional fairy-tale norms. Read more »

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Under the Influence: Anna Biller on Donkey Skin

February 14, 2017

Back in the fall, writer-director Anna Biller traveled to New York from Los Angeles for the theatrical premiere of her third feature, The Love Witch, a subversive horror-fantasy about a . . . Read more »


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On the Channel: Happily Ever After?

January 09, 2017

The glittering surfaces of classic fairy tales often mask undercurrents of emotional torment, spiritual foreboding, and moral transgression. This week, our latest series on the Criterion . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

27932id_010_t_thumbnail

Jacques Demy and Nantes: The Roots of Enchantment

July 31, 2014

A friend and longtime scholar of Jacques Demy ruminates on the great director’s career, as well as the port hometown they shared—which would become a magical movie location. Read more »


Film Essays

Donkeyskin_t_thumbnail

Donkey Skin: Demy’s Fairy-Tale Worlds

By Anne E. Duggan July 28, 2014

Jacques Demy’s first full-fledged storybook fantasy challenges and subverts traditional fairy-tale norms. Read more »


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