Elena and Her Men
Elena and Her Men (1957)

An impoverished Polish princess in turn-of-the-century Paris marries for wealth but continues to take lovers. Writer/director Jean Renoir's comedy was for a long time available only in a shorter, English-dubbed version called Paris Does… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

...there's something to be said for Renoir's universe in which governments can turn on the question of who gets to bed Ingrid Bergman.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The fact that Jean Renoir was its director is the ultimate oddity. How this fiasco could have happened is difficult to explain.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jake Euker
Filmcritic.com

the resemblance it bears to Renoir's great Rules of the Game is more than passing, and I think this detracts

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Bergman's signature elegance remains the only enduring element of Renoir's light-hearted confection.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is a fantastic film. It is filled with patented Renoirisms, from the utter sincerity of the emotions to the exceptional impressionistic composition.

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Film4

Even if ultimately this is not one of Renoir's best efforts, assured direction and a biting script show some of the old magic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
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… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Elena and Her Men" starts out in an early 20th century Bastille Day celebration in Paris. Elena(Ingrid Bergman) is a Polish… More