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  • Summary: The re-release of Jacques Demy's 1963 film starring Jeanne Moreau and Claude Mann as a pair of gambling lovers.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Because Bay of Angels reveals rather than moralizes, because its concerns are character and psychology, it's a potent showcase for Moreau's gifts.
  2. Most of all, it's an early chapter of Demy's courtship with the provincial France of his youth, with the most bewitching generation of French actresses, and with movies.
  3. Seen through Demy's eyes (and Raoul Coutard's shimmering black-and-white photography), their extravagance is so effortlessly cool, you feel somehow lucky just to be there with them.
  4. Demy's films are often described in terms of music; this one is more like a tango in which one person leads and refuses to forfeit the position.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    50
    The title of the film is most unfortunate because it gives no indication of the film's stark theme. Moreau is good as the disenchanted woman, but Mann is less effective.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1

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