The French fairy tale Peau d'Ane transformed into a 1970 musical by the Umbrellas of Cherbourg team of director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand. It doesn't come off, despite a dazzling color design and imaginative sets, perhaps because Demy's extremely rarefied talent for fantasy needs to be anchored by a touch of the real. With Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin, Micheline Presle, and Delphine Seyrig. In French with subtitles.
By Dave Kehr