The blonde sinner

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German title The blonde sinner
Original title La baie des ans
Country of production France
original language French
Publishing year 1962
length 89 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Jacques Demy
script Jacques Demy
production Paul-Edmond Decharme
music Michel Legrand
camera Jean Rabier
cut Anne-Marie Cotret

The Blonde Sinner is a 1962 French feature film directed by , who also wrote the screenplay, Jacques Demy . It was Demy's second feature film after Lola and before The Umbrellas of Cherbourg . The main female role was played by Jeanne Moreau . The French original title La baie des Anges translates as "The Bay of Angels".


Jean Fournier is a little bank clerk who leads a boring life. When he first went to a casino and won a large sum, his life changed. For his next vacation he is planning a trip to Nice to visit the casino there. This leads to an argument with his father, who is against gambling and does not consider it to be suitable for Jean's job as a banker. Nevertheless, he goes to Nice and meets the attractive Jackie there. Jackie is addicted to gambling and her first marriage failed because of this gambling addiction. Jean has now found the right partner for the exciting game. They also visit the famous Monte Carlo casino together . Luck seems to be on their side and they now spend their time in luxury hotels and still in the casino. A life on the sunny side begins for Jean. At first Jackie was just a game companion, now she's going to be his great love. But luck soon turns away from Jean. The money won is soon gambled away, Jean is broke and disaffected. He wants to go back to his old life as soon as possible. His father lends him money for the return trip. But when he wants to pick Jackie up from the hotel, she is already back in the gaming room. There she loses and sends him away. He leaves, she looks around, jumps up and runs after him. In front of the casino, in the glaring sunlight, they hug.


"A not entirely credible character study, elegantly staged in the gambling halls of Nice and Monte Carlo."

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"The blonde sinner is an extremely compressed film, captivating with its simplicity and apparent simplicity."


"A film of great mastery, impressively simple and at the same time elegantly staged and cast with outstanding actors who give the complex characters sufficient depth to make this film a gripping experience."


"Well-played character study from the milieu of the 'addicted' roulette players, but with a poor script."


Costa-Gavras was assistant director and Claude Zidi was camera assistant on the film .


Frieda Grafe : La Baie des Anges , first published in: Film review from January 1965; Republished in: Frieda Grafe: Schriften, Volume 3, Nur das Kino - 40 years with the Nouvelle Vague , Verlag Brinkmann and Bose, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-922660-82-7 , pp. 38–41; also republished in: Astrid Ofner (Ed.): Retrospective Demy / Varda. Viennale, Vienna 2006, ISBN 978-3-89472-433-7 , pp. 114–116.


Kinowelt / Arthaus, 2007. German dubbed version and French original version, optionally with German subtitles.

Individual evidence

  1. The blonde sinner. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. Welf Lindner on [1]
  3. Joachim Kurz on The blonde sinner - luck and bad luck in games and in love ( Memento of the original from April 29, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Evangelical Press Association, Munich, Review No. 17/1965.

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