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A still from Bad Seed (1934)

Bad Seed

1934 | France | 86 min
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  • Mauvaise graine
  • Watched on Sun Feb 21, 2021 via Arte
    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Billy Wilder’s directorial debut. Pierre Mingand plays a spendthrift Parisian socialite cut off by his father. Angry and desperate, he falls in with a loveable gang of car thieves, crosses their cutthroat boss, and falls for the group’s decoy, played by Danielle Darrieux. Wilder made the film in France en route to Hollywood after fleeing Germany. While not as polished as his later efforts, it’s well-produced with engaging car chases and night-shots superior to most Hollywood fare.

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