Elena et les hommes (Elena and Her Men) (Paris Does Strange Things)
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Elena et les hommes (Elena and Her Men) (Paris Does Strange Things)
In the 1950s, French films were considered the ne plus ultra in naughtiness by certain impressionable filmgoers. It was to these movie fans that the American distributor of Jean Renoir's Elena et les Hommes (Elena and the Men) catered when it provocatively retitled the picture Paris Does Strange Things As further grist to the mill for American publicity hacks, the film starred Ingrid Bergman, who had recently returned to Hollywood after her career was nearly ruined by a marital scandal. Actually there was nothing overtly erotic about Paris Does Strange Things. The film was a sweet romantic… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...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."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"The fact that Jean Renoir was its director is the ultimate oddity. How this fiasco could have happened is difficult to explain."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"the resemblance it bears to Renoir's great Rules of the Game is more than passing, and I think this detracts"
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
"Bergman's signature elegance remains the only enduring element of Renoir's light-hearted confection."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"This is a fantastic film. It is filled with patented Renoirisms, from the utter sincerity of the emotions to the exceptional impressionistic composition."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Even if ultimately this is not one of Renoir's best efforts, assured direction and a biting script show some of the old magic."
‑ , Film4