Fifth about The Seventh

Bay of Angels (La Baie des Anges)

Bay of Angels: Jacques Demy’s look at the gambling addiction in this unsentimental drama effectively captures the highs and lows, the irresistible pull, the codependency of it all. It is a tight film, very limited in its scope, allowing the look to be very focused, at times distressing, at times hopeful, always non-judgmental, insightful, and interesting. Jeanne Moreau, as the platinum blonde semi-decadent unromantic addict, is great. Claude Mann, as the fresh-faced man who just somewhat against his wishes is pulled into this world, is also quite good. Their performances are low-key, full of nervous glances and sighs. The main musical theme, by Michel Legrand, is strong and memorable. The camerawork of cinematographer Jean Rabier is quite elegant and meshes well with Anne-Marie Cotret’s editing.

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