Bay of Angels

La baie des anges

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Dir. Jacques Demy, 1963, 84min, DCP
With Jeanne Moreau, Claude Mann, Paul Guers
In French with English subtitles

Marking the second collaboration between Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand, following the 1961’s Lola, this precisely wrought, emotionally penetrating romantic drama set largely in the casinos of Nice, is a visually lovely but darkly realistic investigation into love and obsession.

A bottle-blonde Jeanne Moreau is at her blithe best as a gorgeous gambling addict, and Claude Mann is the bank clerk drawn into her risky world. The mesmerizing score by Legrand provides a backbone for one of Demy’s most somber works. (Synopsis courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection)

“Mr. Demy has a keen appreciation of the gambling mystique.. His graceful style, aided by an apt musical score by Michel Legrand, creates an other-worldly atmosphere”The New York Times