The Pied Piper
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The Pied Piper eschews the romanticism of Robert Browning's poem and returns to the grim Grimm Brothers source. Pop singer Donovan plays the 14th century piper hired by a duplicitous burgomaster (Donald Pleasence) to rid the town of Hamelin of its rats. The piper does what he's asked, but is denied the payment promised him; in revenge, he leads all of Hamelin's children out of town, never to be seen again. Though the story is a familiar one, this 1972 Pied Piper is not a kiddie movie. Director Jacques Demy's depiction of the 14th century as a muddy, backward, superstitious,… More

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"A dark and smoky affair that, although set in Germany during the Black Death summer of 1349, suggests something brainstormed in a St. Marks Place head shop."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Jacques Demy's version of The Pied Piper is as distanced and uncertain as his masterpiece The Young Girls of Rochefort is ecstatically sure of itself."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"This version of The Pied Piper is not exactly told as a children's fable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Too often Demy has seemed to be doing little but produce cinematic candy floss; this admittedly imperfect film of Browning's poem is at least trying for more."
‑ , Time Out
"Though the legend is left intact, director Demy paints an unforgettable, horribly realistic portrait of the dreary life in the Middle Ages. This is no fairy tale for the kiddies."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The malignant side of Jacques Demy's enchantment"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"This is an extremely nasty critique of modern society masquerading as a candy-colored kiddie flick."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
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