Saturday, 31 October 2009

Peau d'Ane


I could have sworn I'd blogged about this story after first borrowing the book from the library about a year ago. But, obviously, I filed it away in my mind under the heading of "interesting blog posts that never get written". So, we were recently lent the DVD of the 1970 film starring Catherine Deneuve (merci Françoise!). Never heard of it? Probably because its never been Disneyfied. I wonder what it is about the story of a young princess who escapes her father who wants to marry her by running off in the skin of his favourite gold-crapping donkey, that Disney didn't like?

I have to say, that once you get over the father bit, its a great fairytale, with a fairy godmother, three beautiful dresses, a lovestruck prince, great songs and a Cinderella-like "whose finger fits the ring?" ending. Lily and I loved it!

7 comments:

Bidi Bidi Centre and Programs said...

Penny, does she kill the donkey in order to run off in its skin?

That sounds far more carnage left in the wake than your standard Disney heroine!

In fact, I'm sure that's not right. How does she get the donkey skin? (I really am very curious.)

And I was going to write to David to ask about to find a free website etc. and then found his page on the web which very obligingly explained. So I have a page for Bidi Bidi Centre and Programs up.

Kids beautiful - Dad was saying that Lily has a great look of you at the same age.

Grominou said...

Ooooooh that was one of my favorite movies growing up! (well yes, except that bit with the donkey skin...)

Grominou said...

PS Yes I'm pretty sure you posted about that book a while back, and I told you about the movie....

Penny said...

Gen - I remember discussing it on your blog after I came up as "Peau D'Ane" in the which "fairytale princess are you?" quiz! And I remember you advised me to watch it. I'm glad we got around to it eventually...

Jo - no she doesn't kill the donkey. If you google "Donkeyskin" you'll find the story online, but basically the mother dies having extracted from her husband a deathbed promise that he will only marry again if he finds a woman more beautiful that her. So he decides to marry his daughter who tries to discourage him by asking for unachievable requests - a dress the colour of beautiful weather, a dress the colour of the moon, a dress the colour of the sun and finally when he manages all that, the skin of his favourite donkey. Once he kills the donkey, she flees, using the skin to hide her true princess- like self!!

Glad you got your webpage up!! :)

Bidi Bidi Centre and Programs said...

Penny that's another kind of yucky!

Fairy tales so often are though...loads of attempts to murder children so I guess I shouldn't be surprised by incest.

I see why Disney has not attempted a version though...

Emily said...

This looks a great book! I will try and find it for my daughter, who can no longer saying that watching Gulli teaches her french, as she's 10 and her spoken french is now fine! She needs to start reading in order to make more progress at school - she's in CM2.

On another note, how come the French are quite repressed in real life, but so creative in the arts, especially those aimed at children! In fact, creativity and colour are very much the thing for children, but not so for adults. When I first got here I was struck how the people on the sea front at our local beach, Val André, are dressed in black and dark colours, whereas they were much more colourful back home in the UK...

Must look for that book, thanks!

Penny said...

Emily - this is a great story. Also a great way to get them reading is bande déssinée (comic books). There are so many terrific stories and the pictures really help them in getting the sense of the words. My kids love them!

I dont think the french are necessarily repressed but they certainly dont dress as colourfully as australians do! Not that it worries me, I've always been partial to black!!

:)