One of Jacques Demy's weaker films. It doesn't even come near to his much more convincing fairy tale "Peau d'âne" (1970) although it scores with its very sombre atmosphere. It's nice to see Donovan performing some songs and playing the Pied Piper, but it would have been even nicer to have a better actor in this role.
Un mystérieux joueur de flûte propose aux habitants de la ville de Hamelin de les débarrasser des rats qui pullulent dans la région. Négligeant de lui payer sa récompense, il punit les résidents de la cité en entraînant tous les enfants derrière lui, envoûtés par sa musique ..... Du pipeau ! www.cinefiches.com
I was really eager to dig into this one when I saw that it was directed by Jaques Demy; the director behind 'Donkey Skin'. If you're attracted by the pedigree, know now that it really isn't worth watching. Lots of observations that are intriguing on paper are rendered dull by the lack of a developed emotional core on the film's part. The film feels like it gets slower with every passing minute. Don't bother.
Fascinating and rather wonderful. IHard to imagine who the intended audience was - it's like 'The Devils' reimagined as a pessimistic fairytale Beautiful, fluid photography by Peter Suschitzky, although the lack of closeups has a distancing effect. Production values are high. And there's a fine cast of creepy character actors (and Donovan - playing a modern guitar - and Jack Wild for the hippies and the kids)
Producer's tried to replicate the success of 'Donkey Skin' by hiring Demy to do this English language take on the Grimm classic. Unfortunately the dark elements of the tale and the sappy songs of Donovan overpower what could have been far better. Interesting for an early turn by John Hurt and a woefully miscast Donovan. Kept waiting to hear someone yell out '...bring out your dead...'.