Mauvaise Graine [DVD] [1934]

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Special Features

  • It's an exceptional film and an animation landmark!
  • La Joie de Vivre (The Joy of Living) - A delightful 11-minute animated fairy tale made in France (1934) by Hector Hoppin and Anthony Gross
  • Two female dancers are pursued by a mysterious man on a bicycle as they move through graphically complex settings ranging from webs of industrial wires and train tracks to country fields of flowers


Mauvaise Graine
The legendary Billy Wilder made his debut as a director with this comedy, shot in France (in collaboration with Alexander Esway) shortly before Wilder emigrated to the United States. Henry (Pierre Mingland) is a carefree young man who has fallen out of favor with his wealthy father, a doctor. Short on money and looking for excitement, Henry becomes involved with a gang of car thieves, and gets to know Jeanette (Danielle Darrieux), sister of the gang's leader who often acts as a decoy to distract young men with new cars as the thieves do their work. Henry soon falls in love with Jeanette, but discovers a life of crime is a bit more dangerous than he was counting on. Mauvaise Graine would prove to be Wilder's last European film; he wouldn't direct again for another nine years, when he made The Major and the Minor after establishing himself as a top screenwriter. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Danielle Darrieux
    Danielle Darrieux - Jeanette
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    Jean Wall
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    Michel Duran
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    Marcel Maupi
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