Elena et les hommes (1956)

Original Title : El√©na et les hommes
Director : Jean Renoir
Writer : Jean Renoir
Jean Serge
Genre : Drama
Country : Italy
Language : French
Music : Joseph Kosma
Photography : Claude Renoir
IMDB ID : 0049177
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Elena et les hommes (1956) - Jean Renoir


¬Ingrid Bergman Elena Sokorowska
¬Jean Marais G√©n√©ral Fran√ßois Rollan
¬Mel Ferrer Henri de Chevincourt
¬Jean Richard Hector, ordonnance de Rollan
¬Juliette Gr√©co Miarka, la gitane
¬Pierre Bertin Martin-Michaud
¬Dora Doll Rosa la Rose
¬Fr√©d√©ric Duvall√®s Gaudin
¬Renaud Mary Fleury
¬Jacques Morel Duch√™ne
¬Albert R√©my Buchez
¬L√©o Marjane La chanteuse de rue
¬Magali No√ęl Lolotte
¬Jean Claudio Lionel
¬Mirko Ellis Marbeau
¬Jacques Hilling Lisbonne
¬Jacques Jouanneau Eug√®ne Godin
¬Elina Labourdette Paulette
¬Olga Val√©ry Olga
¬G√©rard Buhr Un soldat
¬Georges Hubert Isnard
¬Rodolfo Lodi Le domestique d'Elena
¬Gaston Modot Le chef des boh√®miens
¬Liliane Ernout Le cafetier
¬Yves Thomas Une promeneuse
¬Charles Dolfus Une soubrette de Rosa (uncredited
¬Ren√© Berthier (uncredited
¬Jean-Claude Brialy Extra (uncredited
¬Lyne Carrel (uncredited
¬Jaque Catelain (uncredited
¬Yvonne Dany (uncredited
¬Hubert de Lapparent (uncredited
¬Paul Demange Un spectateur (uncredited
¬Pierre Duverger (uncredited
¬Corinne Jansen (uncredited
¬L√©on Larive Le domestique d'Henri (uncredited
¬Robert Le B√©al Le docteur (uncredited
¬Palmyre Levasseur (uncredited
¬Mich√®le Nadal Denise Godin (uncredited
¬Jean Ozenne Le repr√©sentant du gouvernement (uncredited
¬Louisette Rousseau (uncredited
¬Simone Sylvestre Une amie d'Henri (uncredited


Polish countess Elena falls in love to a Frensh radical party's candidate, a general, in pre world war I Paris, but another officer pines for her. Polish Princess Elena (Ingrid Bergman) believes she was born to be the guardian angel of great causes and great (undiscovered) men. It is only when men need her that she is interested in them and she abandons them when they have accomplished their goals in life. She encounters Henry de Chevincourt (Mel Ferrer) who introduces her to General Francois Rollan (Jean Marais), who has just been nominated to become Minister of War. The General is bait for some conniving politicians who wish to turn the hero into a dictator. They take advantage of a current political trial and the resulting war scare to engineer a coup d'etat which is meant to catapult the General into leadership. Rollan lets himself be taken in because he is in love with Elena who is in league with the plotters. Meanwhile, Henry, also in love with Elena, is hanging around on the sidelines.


Has its (few) moments There is one really great scene in this movie....the ocean of people at the Bastille Day Celebration and the movement of the crowd through its waves. This scene, and the overall color and details of costumes make this movie worthwhile. And of course there's Ingrid Bergman, whose beauty and poise (even when a little tipsy) is always watcheable. (She is really unique in her era.....have you ever seen or heard of her persona being vamped by any contemporary drag queens....can't be done, I'll wager). The rest of the movie tries to be madcap and michievous, but it just doesn't work. I'm amazed at reading the plot description THAT'S what it was supposed to be about! Sure lost me.
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Elena et les hommes (1956) - Jean Renoir