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THE BAY OF ANGELS

Director: JACQUES DEMY

FRANCE • 1961 • SUBTITLED • BLACK & WHITE • ANAMORPHIC • 91 MIN


Demy’s second feature has a ravishing Jeanne Moreau, ash-blonde for the occasion and dressed all in white, as a compulsive gambler who doesn’t care what happens to her so long as she has a chip to start her on the roulette tables. Ostensibly the subject is gambling, but the real theme is seduction—with Moreau casting a spell on Claude Mann that turns him every which way—and this is above all a visually seductive film. Shot mainly inside the casinos and on the sunstruck promenades of Nice and Monte Carlo, it is conceived as a dazzling symphony in black and white. Moreau’s performance is magnificent, but it’s really Claude Renoir’s camera which turns the whole film into an expression of sheer joy—not only in life and love, but things.—Tom Milne.

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