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Donkey Skin is a french film of genre Drama directed by Jacques Demy released in USA on 20 december 1970 with Catherine Deneuve

Donkey Skin (1970)

Donkey Skin
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Released in USA 20 december 1970
Length 1h29
Directed by ,    
Genres Drama,    Science fiction,    Comedy,    Fantasy,    Musical,    Romance
Rating71% 3.552243.552243.552243.552243.55224

Peau d'Âne (English: Donkey Skin) is a 1970 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy. It is also known by the English titles Once Upon a Time and The Magic Donkey. The film was adapted by Demy from Donkeyskin, a fairy tale by Charles Perrault about a king who wishes to marry his daughter. It stars Catherine Deneuve and Jean Marais, with music by Michel Legrand. Donkey Skin also proved to be Demy's biggest success in France with a total of 2,198,576 admissions.

Peau d'Âne is distributed on DVD in North America by Koch-Lorber Films, a subsidiary of Koch Entertainment.


The King (Jean Marais) promises his dying Queen that after her death he will only marry a woman as beautiful and virtuous as she. Pressed by his advisers to remarry and produce an heir, he comes to the conclusion that the only way to fulfil his promise is to marry his own daughter, the Princess (Catherine Deneuve). Following the advice of her godmother, the Lilac Fairy (Delphine Seyrig), the Princess demands a series of seemingly impossible nuptial gifts, in the hope that her father will be forced to give up his plans of marriage. However, the King succeeds in providing her with dresses the colour of the weather, of the moon and of the sun, and finally with the skin of a magic donkey that excretes jewels, the source of his kingdom's wealth. Donning the donkey skin, the Princess flees her father's kingdom to avoid the incestuous marriage.


Catherine Deneuve

(la princesse "Peau d'âne")
Jacques Perrin

(le prince charmant)
Jean Marais

(le roi)
Anne Germain

(la Princesse / Peau d'âne)
Delphine Seyrig

(la fée)
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