Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Donkey Skin movie Jacques Demy Catherine Deneuve
Donkey Skin (1970)
Directed by Jacques Demy
Tired of The Room? Missing ABBA? Then come ye to Peau d'Âne, Demy’s musical version of “Donkey Skin,” a Perrault fairy tale that never blew up in the States because Disney couldn’t build theme park rides simulating incest. The king, goes the story, wanted to marry a woman as beautiful as his departed queen—so, naturally, he settles on his daughter, played, naturally, by Catherine Deneuve. A modern-minded fairy godmom (Delphine Seyrig) sends the princess, wrapped in the aforementioned peau, into hiding. Lots of people are painted blue, costumes are indeed worthy of ABBA at their peak, and the king plots while astride a giant dashboard kitten—camp enough for the whole family. Elina Mishuris (Oct 13-14 at Film Forum, part of its Jacques Demy series)

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