Bay of Angels

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Bay of Angels
Directed byJacques Demy
Written byJacques Demy
StarringJeanne Moreau
Claude Mann
CinematographyJean Rabier
Edited byAnne-Marie Cotret
Music byMichel Legrand
Release date
1 March 1963
Running time
89 minutes (France)
Box office$100,000 (USA)[1]

Bay of Angels (French: La baie des anges) is a 1963 French film directed by Jacques Demy.[2] Starring Jeanne Moreau and Claude Mann, it is Demy's second film and deals with the subject of gambling.[3] 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.



  1. ^ "TMe: Box Office Tops from 1960-1969".
  2. ^ "Bay of Angels". Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  3. ^ Staff (2004). The Scarecrow Movie Guide. Seattle: Sasquatch Books. pp. 68–69. ISBN 1-57061-415-6.

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