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Fantasy and its disenchantments
Fairytale, fable and myth in the Demy-monde
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Enchanté, which is the most commonly used adjective to describe Jacques Demy's musical cinema, also applies to varying degrees to his adaptations of fairytale, fable and myth. As a child, Demy staged a puppet version of Peau d'âne for his friends. Peau d'âne remains Demy's most popular production with French audiences and has endured as a staple of festive television entertainment in France. Unlike Peau d'âne, The Pied Piper is fixed in time and place, and constitutes a detailed depiction of the corruption and immorality of the medieval society in which it is set. With the assistance of Mark Peploe, Demy embarked on modifications that imbue The Pied Piper with markers of his cinema. By explicitly setting The Pied Piper within the historical context of the plague, Demy amplifies the depiction of corruption and cruelty implied in the original fable.

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