Cover image for Donkey skin Peau d'ane
Donkey skin Peau d'ane
Bodard, Mag, 1916- , film producer.
Publication Information:
Irvington, NY : The Criterion Collection, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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.
General Note:
Released as part of the Essential Jacques Demy collection.

Based on the fairytale by Charles Perrault.

Originally released as motion picture in 1970.

Special features: Pour le cinéma (on set interviews with the director and actors in a segment from a 1970 episode of the French television program Pour le cinéma); "Donkey skin" illustrated (short program from 2008 presents images from several illustrated editions of Charles Perrault's fairy tale "Peau d'âne"); "Donkey skin" and the thinkers (2008 discussion between film critic Camille Taboulay, psychoanalysts Lucille Durrmeyer and Jean-Claude Polack, and seventeenth-century literature specialist Liliane Picciola on the film's themes of incest, love, and childhood fantasy); Jacques Demy at the American Film Institute (audio recording from 1971, director answers questions about his filmmaking and storytelling methods from students at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles).

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Central Library DVD 65985 On Order Being acquired by the library
Clarence Library DVD 65985 Adult DVD Foreign Language

On Order



Fate and coincidence, doomed love, and storybook romance surface throughout the French director's films, many of which are further united by the intersecting lives of characters who either appear or are referenced across titles. The works collected here are: Lola; Bay of Angels; The Umbrellas of Cherbourg; The Young Girls of Rochefort; Donkey Skin; Une Chambre En Ville.

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Library Journal Review

Six films representing the delightfully diverse oeuvre of French New Wave filmmaker Demy (1931-90) Lola, Bay of Angels, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort, Donkey Skin, and Une chambre en ville offer signature takes on genres ranging from melodrama to musical. Digitally restored and chock-full of extras, the collection boasts the breakout performance by Catherine Deneuve in the deliriously romantic Cherbourg and the star-making role for Anouk Aimee in Lola. Cinephiles will say oui! (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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