Bay of Angels (1963)

Directed By: Jacques Demy

Screenplay By: Jacques Demy

Cinematography By: Jean Rabier

Starring: Claude Mann & Jeanne Moreau

Runtime 90 minutes

The second of Demy’s features, Bay of Angels, is a sweaty amusement park ride; only the steadiest of hearts will stay dry. Bay of Angels is sexy fun thrilling, including everything that gambling and romance has to offer.

This movie proves that watching people gamble can be just as exhilarating as the act itself. When big money is on the table one cannot simply look away, one must watch until the(in this case) roulette ball has landed in its home either in celebration or demise for both the characters and viewers.

Jean (Claude Mann) is just the right amount of awkward and calm allowing his luck to spark a relationship with the gambling addict Jackie (Jeanne Moreau). Their relationship reflects all the ups and downs, highs and lows of gambling, and it is done so with style and flair.

Bay of Angels is an experiment in catharsis in winning big money, living the high life and falling in love. This is a classic.

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Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Directed By – Agnés Varda

Screenplay By – Agnés Varda

Cinematography By – Paul Bonis, Alain Levent & Jean Rabier

Starring Corinne Marchand

90 min.

I had heard about this film for a while and knew it was suppose to be something special but even with those expectations I was enchanted. Cleo from 5 to 7 is creative, original, beautiful, sad, lovely, and so much more. Angés Varda is able to create something that is organic as an artist and formalistic as a filmmaker.

Corinne Marchand is beautiful and heartbreaking and so full of life that she will captivate you completely for the ninety minutes that she is on the screen.

This is a must see for anyone who has a passion for life and a passion for cinema.

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