Donkey Skin

(Peau d’âne)

Digital Restoration


Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin, Delphine Seyrig,

This charming adaptation of a fairy tale by Charles Perrault has been called Jacques Demy’s “grand synthesis of Cocteau and Minnelli,” graced with wondrous costumes and vivid colors, ingenious trick effects and a stellar cast. The tale involves a beautiful princess (Catherine Deneuve) whose father, the Blue King (Jean Marais), desires to marry her in order to fulfill a deathbed promise to his wife that his next wife be even more beautiful than herself. The princess enlists the aid of the Lilac Fairy (Delphine Seyrig), and together they devise a scheme of imaginative demands designed to thwart even the most ardent suitor.

  • Jacques Demy
Based On
  • A fairy tale by Charles Perrault

  • Ghislain Cloquet
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 90 mins
  • Janus Films