Cinema: Chip-Happy Harpy

Bay of the Angels is a flimsy French drama about a pair of roulette addicts. Amidst some properly bleak and disenchanted views of Riviera gaming rooms, Director Jacques Demy earnestly studies the squirmings of compulsive gamblers, one of whom, grace a Dieu, is Jeanne Moreau.

The shambling plot follows a callow Parisian bank clerk (Claude Mann) who gets high on beginner's luck and decides to court Dame Fortune at the Cannes Casino. Unfortunately, he meets another dame. Moreau appears, a battered divorcee who has already sacrificed her marriage, her child, and her jewels to the corruptive religion of chance. Gambling is her...