The Films of Jean Renoir
Elena and Her Men
Dir. Jean Renoir, France, 1956, 95 min., French w/ English subtitles
This film screening is presented in conjunction with the
Barnes Foundation’s Renoir:
Father and Son/ Painting and Cinema, a
major exhibition examining the artistic exchange between the renowned
impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and his son, celebrated filmmaker
Jean Renoir–on view at the Barnes May 6 through September 3, 2018.
Set amid the military maneuvers and Quatorze Juillet
carnivals of turn-of-the-century France, Jean Renoir’s delirious romantic
comedy Elena and Her Men stars a radiant Ingrid Bergman as a beautiful,
but impoverished, Polish princess who drives men of all stations to fits of
desperate love. When Elena elicits the fascination of a famous general, she
finds herself at the center of romantic machinations and political scheming,
with the hearts of several men—as well as the future of France—in her hands.