Oyuki the Virgin

Oyuki the Virgin ★★★½

Mizoguchi’s version of Maupassant’s Boule de Suif is as dedicated to stillness as Stagecoach is to movement. Characters and conflict are nicely drawn in the Mizoguchi manner and Maupassant’s preoccupations with the bourgeois hypocrisy take more of a backseat to notions of women’s self-sacrifice as much as Ford let Wayne dominate his version.