Friday, 31 October 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 325: Sun Nov 23

Donkey Skin (Demy, 1970): Cine Lumiere, 2pm

This film is part of the Cine Lumiere French Classics season. Full details here.

Time Out review:
Even on paper this couldn't have seemed such a terrific idea, and Demy's attempt to fuse Cocteau with Disney via one of Perrault's less endearing conceits (a gold-shitting donkey) contrives to be both garish and coyly tasteful. Deneuve sings four Michel Legrand ballads whose resemblance to each other is matched by their resemblance to the composer's earlier work, while a soppy Perrin emerges as more Prince Charles than Prince Charming. To its credit are Delphine Seyrig as a chic, malicious Fairy Godmother, and Marais as the genuinely Cocteau-esque King.
Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is an extract.

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