Colourful, light-hearted and absurdist, Elena and Her Men delights in its own artifice and theatricality, dishing up frivolous characters, sumptuous costumes and exuberant musical interludes. Although the film was panned by audiences and critics on its release, Jean Luc-Godard called it “the most intelligent film in the world”. Jean Marais, Juliette Gréco and Mel Ferrer co-star.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Elena and Her Men (Elena et les hommes )
In this whimsical romantic farce, Ingrid Bergman plays a Polish princess who, through her love affairs, could change the future of France. Although loosely basing the film’s plot on an attempted 19th-century coup d’etat, director Jean Renoir is more interested in sex and slapstick than politics.