Elena and Her Men (1957)
as Elena Sokorowska
as Henri de Chevincourt
as François Rollan
as Lionel Villaret
as Rosa la Rose
as Eugene Godin
as The Leader of Gypsies
as Denise Godin
as Aunt Olga
as The Street Singer
as Henri's Servant
as Elena's Servant
as A Spectator
as Cafe Owner
as The Doctor
as The Strolling Woman
as Government Representative
as Henri's Friend
as News Vendor
Critic Reviews for Elena and Her Men
Fantasy, yes, but hardly escapist in the astonishing pertinence with which it reduces the hawkish military and political ambitions of the day to derisory farce while demonstrating the infallibility with which love goes on making the world go round.
The fact that Jean Renoir was its director is the ultimate oddity. How this fiasco could have happened is difficult to explain.
Bergman's signature elegance remains the only enduring element of Renoir's light-hearted confection.
What's interesting is the way that Renoir preserves a strong erotic and romantic thread (the love between Bergman and Ferrer) all the way through the movie's farcical elements.
The film is ravishing to look at (with Ingrid Bergman radiant at its center), and its mid-80s 35-millimeter restoration is a sumptuous treat indeed.
Audience Reviews for Elena and Her Men
Ingrid Bergman was a treasure, stunningly beautiful and an amazing actress. Elena et les hommes is very well made, funny, and worth watching. But there's no chemistry between our major players, and the whole is somehow less fulfilling that its parts, and ends up enjoyable but ultimately forgettable.
Silly concoction is a minor work for all involved. Ingrid, in her last foreign film before her exile from Hollywood due to the Rossolini scandal ended and triumphant return in Anastastia, is charming and her dresses are incredibly beautiful. But the settings have a sense of falseness to them, even wealthy people's homes look like someone lives there, these are obvious sets. Even the outdoor scenes have a claustrophoic feeling of being stagebound. Mildly amusing but almost completely forgettable.
A Full 5 Stars, I seldom do that. This is Movie from the Criterion Collection, like most movies from this collection its outstanding. Its in French with English Subtitles. Its easy to see that Ingrid Bergman was both beautiful and talented. We really don't see that in Female actors today, They are hot for a while but there flame burns out quickly. Back in the Day and Actor or Actress was just that.
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