Bay of Angels

Bay of Angels (French: La baie des anges) is a 1963 French film directed by Jacques Demy.[2] Starring Jeanne Moreau and Claude Mann, it is Demy's second film and deals with the subject of gambling.[3]

Bay of Angels
Directed byJacques Demy
Written byJacques Demy
StarringJeanne Moreau
Claude Mann
Music byMichel Legrand
CinematographyJean Rabier
Edited byAnne-Marie Cotret
Release date
1 March 1963
Running time
89 min (France)
Box office$100,000 (USA)[1]


Jean Fournier (Claude Mann), a young bank employee, is encouraged by his friend Caron to take an interest in gambling. After winning money in a game of roulette, he decides to vacation in Nice, where he falls in love with Jackie (Jeanne Moreau), a divorced mother who rarely sees her child. Though Jackie also enjoys Jean's company, she constantly warns him that her passion for gambling will always be greater.

Jean becomes jealous of not having Jackie's full attention and has mixed feelings about gambling, yet he's somewhat seduced by this new risk-taking lifestyle. Despite Jackie's cool facade and alleged control over her choices – she claims she is unattached to the money itself, but rather the thrill of the game, and doesn't mind going from rich to poor in a matter of seconds - she soon begins to reveal her vulnerability and the emptiness she often feels as result of her addiction.


  • Jeanne Moreau as Jacqueline "Jackie" Demaistre
  • Claude Mann as Jean Fournier
  • Paul Guers as Caron
  • Henri Nassiet as Monsieur Fournier
  • Conchita Parodi as the hotel manager
  • André Certes as the bank director
  • Nicole Chollet as Marthe


  1. "TMe: Box Office Tops from 1960-1969".
  2. "Bay of Angels". Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  3. Staff (2004). The Scarecrow Movie Guide. Seattle: Sasquatch Books. pp. 68–69. ISBN 1-57061-415-6.
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