Danielle Darrieux and Pierre Mingand in Mauvaise Graine (1934)
Danielle Darrieux and Pierre Mingand in Mauvaise Graine (1934)
Mauvaise Graine (1934)

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Mauvaise Graine

Bad Seed

Billy Wilder, Alexander Esway | France | 1934 | Unclassified (15+)


19 & 21 Apr 2021


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Collaborating in Paris with a group of exiles, including composer Franz Waxman and screenwriters H. G. Lustig and Max Kolpé, Billy Wilder made his directorial debut with a playful action-comedy about a rich playboy who falls in with a ragtag gang of car thieves.

Wilder explored naturalistic on-the-fly filmmaking, including shooting on the streets of Paris with a camera mounted on a moving car; his formal techniques, self-conscious criminals and sight gags foreshadow the nouvelle vague as well as his distinctive Hollywood style. Starring Danielle Darrieux.

Format: DCP, Black & White
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: MK2
Duration: 77 mins


77 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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