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U.S., 1934
Directed by Billy Wilder and Alexander Esway
Starring Danielle Darrieux, Pierre Mingand, Raymond Galle
Approx. 86 min. DCP.

Wilder's rarest film stars 17-year-old Danielle Darrieux in a story about juvenile car thieves. Made in France on a shoestring, its interiors were shot in a garage and the speeded-up car chases on the streets. Wilder recalls that it was "in some respects rather like BREATHLESS."

This restoration of MAUVAISE GRAINE is based on a 16mm safety dupe negative made from rare original printing materials (most likely no longer in existence) from the Blackhawk Films collection, that have been scanned in HD for this edition.


“A fascinating “first step” that reveals much about the great writer-director’s journey across mid 20th century cinema.”
– Senses of Cinema

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