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BAD SEED

Mauvaise graine

Directed by Billy Wilder, Alexander Esway
France, 1934
Drama
      French
      English

Synopsis

Henry Pasquier, the spoiled son of a wealthy doctor, discovers high-octane thrills, jazz-era romance and a sense of purpose in life when he unwittingly falls into the company of an organized ring of car thieves—and falls for Jeannette, who works as car-bait for the gang.

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Here’s a treasure from the vaults: the directing debut of Billy Wilder, a comedy made in France in between his flight from Germany and his arrival in Hollywood. Starring Danielle Darrieux (Madame de…), it shows Wilder’s sweet-and-sour sensibility, mixing romance and cynicism, comedy and drama.

Synopsis

Henry Pasquier, the spoiled son of a wealthy doctor, discovers high-octane thrills, jazz-era romance and a sense of purpose in life when he unwittingly falls into the company of an organized ring of car thieves—and falls for Jeannette, who works as car-bait for the gang.

Bad SeedDirected byBilly Wilder, Alexander Esway
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