La Vierge Folle (1938)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France   |  
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Viere Folle (Foolish Virgin) was the latest in a long line of cinemadaptations of Henri Bataille's famous story. Married to faithful but frigid Annie Ducaux, attorney Victor Francen finds contentment with dewey-eyed naif Juliet Faber. Entranced by Faber's youth and innocence, Francen tries to behave himself with the girl, but her family suspects the worst. Eventually they have good reason for their suspicions, and the result is unhappiness for everyone the audience cares about. Director Henri Diamant-Berger manages (none too gracefully) to inject a bit of arbitrary politicizing into the proceedings.