Donkey skin

Donkey skin

Blu-ray Disc - 2014 | French
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A princess flees marriage to her father by wearing his prize donkey skin as a disguise. When a neighboring Prince comes to town, a romance is born.
Alternative Title: Essential Jacques Demy.
Peau d'ane
Publisher: [Irvington, NY]: The Criterion Collection, [2014]
Edition: Blu-ray., Dual-format edition.
ISBN: 9781604658590
1604658592
9781604658644
1604658649
Branch Call Number: Feature
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region A
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Froster Nov 29, 2014

Demy's whimsy is leaden and literal, and there is nothing magical about this fairy tale. The colors are garish, the clothes look like cheap, rented theatrical costumes, the set design is horrendous (except, of course for the Chateau Chambord, which looks great), the production numbers are ludicrous, and the "special" effects are anything but. Jean Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast" (to which this is an obvious homage) did far more with far less. This film's sole redeeming quality is that it captures Deneuve's perfect beauty at its peak. All this failure of imagination, and it turns out that Demy was gay? You can't prove it by this turkey.

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