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La baie des anges
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Director:
Writer:
Jacques Demy (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
1 March 1963 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A stirring journey into the nightmare of a woman driven by a strange passion. See more »
Plot:
Jean is a clerk in a bank. His colleague Caron is a gambler and gives him the virus. In the casinos... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Well crafted, slow character study, microscopic quality. See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeanne Moreau ... Jacqueline 'Jackie' Demaistre
Claude Mann ... Jean Fournier

Paul Guers ... Caron
Henri Nassiet ... M. Fournier - le père de Jean
André Certes ... Le direteur de la banque
Nicole Chollet ... Marthe
Georges Alban
Conchita Parodi ... L'hôtelière
Jacques Moreau
André Canter
Jean-Pierre Lorrain

Directed by
Jacques Demy 
 
Writing credits
Jacques Demy (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Paul-Edmond Decharme .... producer (as P.E. Decharme)
 
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
Jean Rabier 
 
Film Editing by
Anne-Marie Cotret 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Evein 
 
Costume Design by
Bernard Evein (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Simone Knapp .... hair stylist (as Simonne Knapp)
 
Production Management
Alain Darbon .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Costa-Gavras .... assistant director (as Costa Gavras)
Gérald Duduyer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Remi Bernardi .... property master (as Rémi Bernardi)
 
Sound Department
André Hervée .... sound (as Andre Hervee)
Gérard Manneveau .... boom operator
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jean Fouchet .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Cauchetier .... still photographer
Roger Delpuech .... camera operator
Jean-Michel Humeau .... assistant camera
Jean-Paul Schwartz .... camera operator
Claude Zidi .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pierre Cardin .... costumes: Jeanne Moreau
 
Editorial Department
Monique Teisseire .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Georges Houssaye .... location manager
 
Other crew
Ginou Guilloiseau-Margerie .... unit manager
Camille Lefrançois .... administrator
Annie Maurel .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La baie des anges" - France (original title)
"Bay of the Angels" - USA
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Runtime:
90 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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French visa # 26152.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Madonna: Justify My Love (1990) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Une Aube À Monte-CarloSee more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Well crafted, slow character study, microscopic quality., 25 March 2008
Author: Kara Dahl Russell from United States

This film enters with a spectacular high speed tracking shot matched by the hyper circular theme song by Michelle Legrand that sounds both like spinning and falling, and which does indeed represent both the spinning of the roulette wheel and falling in love.

Here we have the side of Jeanne Moreau I don't care for, posey, game playing and artificial... the kind of woman men like and women hate... and that made her perfect in this role. (And her performance her is Infinitely BETTER than in EVA, same type role.) What I like a lot about her casting here is that she looks quite a bit like Marilyn Monroe, but is as different internally as anyone can possibly be - which a lot of the world was doing at this time, being bad Marilyn Monroe wannabees. I love that the platinum hair makes her look much more harsh, older, and very false, and that is, of course, the essence of the character. And this film is mainly a character study, with little story and little explanation.

Our leading man is the young naive everyman sucked into her world in all respects. We feel for his every bad decision, and this is a true and real representation of both the allure and the tawdriness of the gambling world.

Without giving anything away, the ending feels contrived, but in this time period, films wanted "endings"... today a truer ending would just go on spinning like the roulette wheel. Michel Legrand's score is great. Like many of Demy's films, this is a dark story of the current day told with musicality and attention to the games we play with ourselves.

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