The Pied Piper
The Pied Piper (1972)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: May 25, 1972
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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.

Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This version of The Pied Piper is not exactly told as a children's fable.

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Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

The malignant side of Jacques Demy's enchantment

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

This is an extremely nasty critique of modern society masquerading as a candy-colored kiddie flick.

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Eric Broome
Jacques Demy's retelling of "The Pied Piper" is nowhere near as enchanting as his earlier "Donkey Skin," and the reasons are easy to… More