Elena and Her Men

“Impressionism multiplied by the cinema”: The Films of Jean Renoir

Thursday, July 28 | 8 pm

Set in turn-of-the-century Paris, Elena and Her Men (a.k.a. Paris Does Strange Things) stars the stunningly beautiful Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) as Elena, an impoverished Polish princess who drives rich men and poor alike to fits of all-consuming passion. When a famous general falls for Elena’s charms, the princess finds herself entangled in both romantic intrigue and political conspiracy—with the hearts of several men, and the future of France, in her hands. Transposing the director’s Mozartian masterpiece, The Rules of the Game, into a very different setting, Elena and Her Men is, in the words of critic and master filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, no less than “the most intelligent film in the world.”

Director Jean Renoir 1956 France 95 minutes NR 35mm

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