• France
  • 1956
  • 95 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #244

Set amid the military maneuvers and Quatorze Juillet carnivals of turn-of-the-century France, Jean Renoir’s delirious romantic comedy Elena and her Men (Elena et les hommes) stars a radiant Ingrid Bergman as a beautiful, but impoverished, Polish princess who drives men of all stations to fits of desperate love. When Elena elicits the fascination of a famous general, she finds herself at the center of romantic machinations and political scheming, with the hearts of several men—as well as the future of France—in her hands.

Cast

Princess Elena SorokowskaIngrid Bergman
General RollanJean Marais
Henri de ChevincourtMel Ferrer
HectorJean Richard
MiarkaJuliette Gréco
Martin-MichaudPierre Bertin
Rosa la RoseDora Doll
GaudinFrédéric Duvallès
FleuryRenaud Mary
DuchêneJacques Morel
BuchezAlbert Rémy
The street singerLéo Marjane
LionelJean Claudio
MarbeauMirko Ellis
LisbonneJacques Hilling
EugèneJacques Jouanneau
PauletteElina Labourdette
OlgaOlga Valéry

Credits

DirectorJean Renoir
ProducerLouis Wipf
WritersJean Renoir and Jean Serge
CinematographyClaude Renoir
EditingBorys Lewin
Production designJean André
Costume designerRosine Delamare
Sound recordistWilliam Robert Sivel
Original music byJoseph Kosma

Disc Features

  • New high definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir
  • Jean Renoir—Hollywood and Beyond: part two of a two-part 1993 BBC documentary by David Thompson, featuring reflections on Renoir from his family, friends, collaborators, and admirers
  • Jean Renoir parle de son art: part three of Jacques Rivette’s three-part interview with Renoir
  • A collection of production stills
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Plus: an original essay by Renoir historian Christopher Faulkner

Film Essays

Elena and Her Men

By Christopher Faulkner August 02, 2004

Elena and Her Men (Elena et les homes, 1956) has been rather thoughtlessly dismissed as minor Renoir and was not much appreciated upon its release, either by the public or by critics (excepting . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Jean Renoir’s Trilogy of Spectacle

By Jonathan Rosenbaum August 02, 2004

Movie trilogies can be created by either filmmakers or critics. When Pier Paolo Pasolini wrote and directed The Decameron (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972), and Arabian Nights (1973), he made . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Renoir in Color

December 28, 2011


Film Essays

Elena and Her Men

By Christopher Faulkner August 02, 2004

Elena and Her Men (Elena et les homes, 1956) has been rather thoughtlessly dismissed as minor Renoir and was not much appreciated upon its release, either by the public or by critics (excepting . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Jean Renoir’s Trilogy of Spectacle

By Jonathan Rosenbaum August 02, 2004

Movie trilogies can be created by either filmmakers or critics. When Pier Paolo Pasolini wrote and directed The Decameron (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972), and Arabian Nights (1973), he made . . . Read more »