Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne)
Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne) (1971)

A charming fairy tale from musical innovator Jacques Demy and musical collaborator Michel Legrand. Odd but utterly endearing.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1971
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Even on paper this couldn't have seemed such a terrific idea.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

An ironically enchanting entertainment for grown-ups.

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TV Guide

An odd but charming combination of a number of fairy tales, blended with anachronistically modern touches and mixed up with adult themes disguised in the form of mythic euphemisms.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Donkey Skin is told with the simplicity and beauty of a child's fairy tale, but with emotional undertones and a surrealistic style that adults are more likely to appreciate.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Demy loved romantic naïveté, but he loved the wreckage of human whim just as much, and for him this chestnut harbored both in its shell.

Christopher Null

If you see just one film with a donkey that craps gold and jewels, see this one.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

Even if the restoration doesn't make Donkey Skin this New Wave icon's best effort, it's now that much more worthy of keeping company with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It doesn't come off, despite a dazzling color design and imaginative sets, perhaps because Demy's extremely rarefied talent for fantasy needs to be anchored by a touch of the real.

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

There's plenty of disguised sex in Donkey Skin.

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