A stirring journey into the nightmare of a woman driven by a strange passion.
A bank clerk is drawn into the risky world of a gorgeous gambling addict.
A bank clerk is drawn into the risky world of a gorgeous gambling addict.
Fiebre, Заливът на ангелите, A Baía dos Anjos, 天使湾, Die blonde Sünderin, Englebugten, La bahía de los ángeles, Enkelten lahti, To limani ton angelon, Angyal-öböl, La grande peccatrice, Englebukten, Zatoka aniolow, Zatoka aniolów, A Grande Pecadora, Залив ангелов, Änglabukten, Bay of the Angels, The Bay of Angels, Andelská zátoka
"i love you."
as if i needed further reason to think Han Solo gets way too much credit...
gambling addicts along the French Riviera... what a genre. this would be make such a splendidly melancholy double feature with Patrice Leconte's masterpiece, THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE. and both films have opening shots for the record books. (Best Opening Shots: A Record, Harvard University Press 2016).
the world of chronic gambling is such a gentle portal to existential despair... Demy gets it, that closed circuit of purpose. i have to go now.
Rest in peace, Jeanne Moreau. Truly one of the greatest. I knew I'd love the film from the opening shot alone. This is my third Demy film and am thrilled to say he's done no wrong so far.
Right before Demy turned all cheerful and started to make pink musicals with Catherine Deneuve and a bunch of singers and dancers and acquiring an international reputation, but right after submerging us in an affair taking place in an adult-oriented world of cabarets, he made his most serious, straightforward drama called Bay of Angels, starring the sexy smoker Jeanne Moreau. Undoubtedly, it is also one of his best films, with Costa Gavras as an assistant director!
Jeanne Moreau is Jacqueline 'Jackie' Demaistre, a woman who left her husband and children and heads for the roulette tables of Nice. There she meets a young man, Jean Fournier, who coincidentally stumbles upon her in a winning streak inside the casino. From now…
The best movie about the sickness and glamor and inescapability of gambling ever made. Demy combines Hawksian efficiency with his trademark penchant for themes revolving around chance and fate. Do not be fooled by Demy's seemingly happy finale: after all, it's just another winning streak for Jackie and Jean.
"I didn't think such a lifestyle existed anymore. I mean, except in the movies or certain American novels. This hotel, this terrace, this band. This opulence. And you, too."
Yup, that's my kind of love story; so decadent, and yet so pure.
Kind of an inverted Uncut Gems with an ending that seems happy but is actually tragic rather than vice versa. Has to have been an influence on the Safdies.
Jackie has left behind a life of comfort, is impulsive and obsessed with gambling without caring that she might lose everything. Jean is a handsome and naive young man who works as a bank employee and leads an uneventful existence. They meet by chance and, after a streak of good luck playing roulette, they get carried away by the allure and unpredictable nature of the game, and soon a relationship develops between them that is passionate, intense, but also dependent and self-destructive. In La baie des anges, Demy crafts a bittersweet drama about relationships, love and fate in which chance, one of the recurring themes in the filmmaker's work, plays an important role. Tragic love story that intertwines moments of joie de vivre and existential uncertainties with the glamorous Cote d'Azur in the background, Jeanne Moreau in a state of grace, and the always exquisite music of Michel Legrand.
If I were to watch this without knowing who directed it, I don't think my first guess would be Jacques Demy. Perhaps that's because I've only seen him at his most whimsical and musical, where Bay of Angels is gilded and quietly horrifying. The connecting thread is that Demy's work is always like a dream, but Bay of Angels is his take on a nightmare.
The empty beauty of the vacation spots of France, the shining decorations of the casinos, and the visual classiness of the gamblers and the roulette table itself hides a painful story of addiction, a story that feels authentic. Watching Jackie and Jean win hundreds of thousands of dollars one day and lose it all the…
Easily my favorite aspect was the little formula put together. It was rather inventive instead of falling in the generic zone. Charmingly boisterous too.
buut it lacks certain hankering and crux. The cast is distant, slapdash, the score feels supefluous and the ending is too half-baked.
Overall I found it to be alright. Not really special in my eyes but this would totally be considered a classic if more people saw it, that's why I'm adding it to my Underrated list. It's no Cherbourg but it's pretty good.
The five stars were bait, I don't like reviews of unpopular films to go overlooked. It's not about people liking the review but reading what I have to say about it and maybe give it a chance some day.
Jacques Demy combines the beautiful thousand faces of Jeanne Moreau with a destructive relationship of love and gambling. Obsession and addiction are what cause the path to our star crossed lovers but it can also be the reason for their demise. What's not to love really? Unforgettable acting from one of the best French actresses in cinema history in a setting that can explore many different facets of the human condition. Bay of Angels may not be The Umbrellas of Cherbourg good but it is a damn sure close second in Demy's small but potent filmography.
I'd like to thank Jaques Demy for two things
1. Finally proving he can write complex and flawed characters (two of my favorite leads EVER)
2. Calling out my financial illiteracy
this movie taught me numbers in french better than my french classes
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This was a challenging viewing for me due to my aversion to gambling. Well, to be fair, I'm less averse to card games, where there's more decision-making involved for the players, than I am to games of pure chance, such as roulette. And this movie is nothing but roulette. It follows a young man who has decided to give gambling a more dedicated try after having some spectacular beginner's luck; he then meets a woman (played by Jeanne Moreau) who's a gambling addict. And everything about her brings out the worst responses from me. I imagine most (straight male) viewers are entranced by her in some way, maybe feel a degree of protectiveness towards her. I was mostly repulsed by…
"Let's spare ourselves pointless suffering, emotional scenes, harsh words, and a lot of grief."
This appears to be Demy's approach to filmmaking. Though Bay of Angels has a handful of harsh words, its depictions of suffering and grief are stripped of the melodrama that other films of its era would revel in. Our two leads express their emotion through muttered words, and the camera stays wide, never putting us in the eye of their emotional storm.
Even the most fun they have, winning large amounts of money at various casinos, is portrayed very frankly. You'd expect flashy lights, loud jazz, whip-pans and zooms, jumpy editing. Demy rejects this, and rejects the excess of the traditional images of gambling. These scenes…
First a note of interest: Jeanne Moreau is in the movie, and she's the star, of course, but she's also a blonde here. Usually, from what I can remember from say The Lovers or La Notte or Jules & Jim it's dark or at least brunette. I wonder if she was already blonde at the time or if it was a deliberate and specific choice on director Jacques Demy's end. Because, somehow, it does add something extra to the character.
When we first see her on screen she's being 'escorted' (kind word for kicked out) of a casino that Jean and Caron are at to start gambling, and it's a big scene where we see her arguing and stomping her feet…
Dramatically this flatlined a bit after the first 40 mins as the pattern of the characters' behaviour set in but 1960s France is never going to age.
I will watch ANY gambling movie. I can't get enough of the stuff. I also may have a gambling problem and have to make a conscious effort to avoid casinos, so that may have something to do. This film is so beautifully melancholy and captures that sad, self-destructive, unglamorous side of gambling better than any I've seen. Jeanne Moreau in this movie is the woman I've always wanted to know. She would immediately size me up as a chump and leave me in absolute ruin. She fucking rocks.
Jeanne Moreau ❤.
Ytterligare en av Jaques Demys filmer som när jag första gången såg den inte sa mig något men som jag nu finner smått fantastisk. Inpyrd i lika delar överväldigande romantik som mörk tragik. Också lite otippat att en av de vassare filmerna om spelberoende gjordes av just Demy.
Wow I have a gambling addiction now thanks
As someone with an addictive personality this made me uncomfortable in a way that very few films have. And yet it’s so paradoxically alluring at the same time. Lonely and meaningless and beautiful, just like a novel.
Chasing highs! Falling into lows! In the end, it’s all a slippery slope!
Really liked this! First film from Demy that I’ve seen that’s not a musical or overflowing with color and yet it was still really solid.
The black and white cinematography and Michel Legrand’s score are both deceptively beautiful which accents the allure of the whole film. The montages were especially great in communicating these ideas.
It all comes to a rousing finish but is at a happy one? I don’t think so...
This movie is such a surprise because all I knew about Jacques Demy was that his movies were colorful and also musicals. This is neither and yet still Demy!
The musical motif in this movie I reeeeaaalllllly liked (catch me bopping to the bay of angels soundtrack later this week on Spotify if I can find it on there).
What I learned:
How to play roulette
Roulette is different from Russian roulette
Russian roulette is not the same without a gun
Gambling is bad
That opening shot was amazing and shows exactly how I feel whenever Jeanne Moreau is on my screen.
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