Dir. Jacques Demy, 1970, France, 90 min, DCP, color
Music by Michel Legrand
With Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin
In French with English subtitles
In this wildly eccentric adaptation of a classic French fairy tale, Jacques Demy casts Catherine Deneuve as a princess who must assume the identity of a maid in order to fend off an unwanted marriage proposal—from her own father, the king (Jean Marais).
A topsy-turvy fable with songs by Michel Legrand, Donkey Skin creates a fantasy world that’s perched on the border between the earnest and the satiric, and features Delphine Seyrig as a fashionable fairy godmother.