Bay of Angels
|Bay of Angels|
|Directed by||Jacques Demy|
|Written by||Jacques Demy|
|Edited by||Anne-Marie Cotret|
|Music by||Michel Legrand|
|1 March 1963|
|89 minutes (France)|
|Box office||$100,000 (USA)|
Bay of Angels (French: La baie des anges) is a 1963 French film directed by Jacques Demy. Starring Jeanne Moreau and Claude Mann, it is Demy's second film and deals with the subject of gambling. Costumes by Pierre Cardin.
Jean is a quiet young bank employee in Paris, living with his widowed father. After being taken to a casino by a colleague and winning at roulette, he decides to have a holiday on the south coast. His father warns him that gamblers always lose in the end, but the poison has entered his blood. In the casino at Nice he falls for Jackie, a brittle blonde fond of whisky, who has left husband and child to pursue her compulsion. Though she likes being with Jean, she warns him that she will sacrifice anything to keep on gambling, not for the money she claims but for the thrill. As her remaining belongings are in a suitcase at the railway station, where she plans to sleep, he offers her his hotel room. They drink, talk, and make love.
Back in the casino, the two win a fortune with which, having bought a sports car and smart clothes, they take a suite at Monte Carlo and hit the tables there. Losing everything, they take the train back to Nice, where Jean gets his father to send him some money. When this too is lost in the casino, Jean calls it a day and walks off, saying that he is going back to Paris. Hurt at this double rejection, of her and of their gambling partnership, Jackie angrily tells him to go. A moment later she runs after him and the two embrace in the sunset.
- Jeanne Moreau as Jacqueline "Jackie" Demaistre
- Claude Mann as Jean Fournier
- Paul Guers as Caron
- Henri Nassiet as Monsieur Fournier
- Conchita Parodi as the hotel manager
- André Certes as the bank director
- Nicole Chollet as Marthe
- Bay of Angels at IMDb
- Village Voice Review
- Bay of Angels: Walking on Sand an essay by Terrence Rafferty at the Criterion Collection