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Elena and Her Men

Elena et les hommes

Directed by Jean Renoir
France, Italy, 1956
Comedy, Drama, Romance


Pre-World War I Paris: Polish countess Elena drives men of all stations to fits of desperate love. When she elicits the fascination of a famous general, Elena finds herself at the center of political scheming, with the hearts of several men—as well as the future of France—in her hands.

Elena and Her Men Directed by Jean Renoir

Critics reviews

In its time it was something of a disaster for Jean Renoir, a succession of problems (contested rights, fevers, bad accents) for which he struggled to find solutions. It was a box office and critical dud, and ended any hope of Renoir returning to Hollywood. To read its production history in Pascal Merigeau’s Jean Renoir: A Biography is akin to attending a wake. And yet the film itself is an effervescent thing, an improbable farce about a coup d’etat that positively shimmers with invention.
August 15, 2017
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To say that Renoir is the most intelligent of directors comes to the same thing as saying he is French to his fingertips. And if Eléna et les homes is ’the French film par excellence, it is because it is the most intelligent of films. Art and theory of art, at one and the same time; beauty and the secret of beauty; cinema and apologia for cinema.
December 01, 1957
In The Rules of the Game, the deception of the heroine ends in tragedy; in Elena and Her Men a moonlit farce ends in a brothel! Elena and Her Men is The Rules of the Game in a different key.
August 31, 0004
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