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Elena and Her Men Details


In the 1950s, French films were considered the ne plus ultra in naughtiness by certain impressionable filmgoers. It was to these movie fans that the American distributor of Jean Renoir's Elena et les Hommes (Elena and the Men) catered when it provocatively retitled the picture Paris Does Strange Things As further grist to the mill for American publicity hacks, the film starred Ingrid Bergman, who had recently returned to Hollywood after her career was nearly ruined by a marital scandal. Actually there was nothing overtly erotic about Paris Does Strange Things. The film was a sweet romantic comedy wherein Bergman plays a poverty-stricken Polish princess, who is wooed by eligible admirers Mel Ferrer and Jean Marais. Will she marry for love, or merely to restore her wealth? The suspense is bearable. Inexpertly cut to 86 minutes for its American showings, Paris Does Strange Things was restored to its full 98 minutes in 1986 and its title reverted to Elena et les Hommes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 12, 1956


Ingrid Bergman
as Princess Elena Sorokowska
Jean Marais
as Gen. Francois Rollan
Mel Ferrer
as Viscount Henri de Chevincourt
Jean Richard
as Hector, Rollan's Batman
Magali Noël
as Lolotte, Elena's Maid
Elina Labourdette
as Paulette
Leo Marjane
as The Street Singer
Juliette Greco
as Miarka
Jean Claudio
as Lionel Villaret
Renaud Mary
as Fleury
Rodolfo Lodi
Hubert DeLapparent
Jaque Catelain
Jean Ozenne
Jacques Jouanneau
as Eugene Godin
Mirko Ellis
as Marbeau
Aram Stephan
Dora Doll
as Rosa la Rose
Jacques Hilling
as Lisbonne
Olga Valery
as Aunt Olga
Gerard Buhr
Robert Le Beal
as The Doctor
Paul Demange
as A Spectator
Gaston Modot
as The Leader of Gypsies
Albert Remy
as Buchez


Jean Renoir
Louis Wipf
Jean Renoir
Jean Serge
Claude Renoir
Juliette Greco
Leo Marjane
Joseph Kosma
Composer (Music Score)
Boris Lewin
Jean André
Production Designer
Jean André
Set Designer
Monique Plotin
Costume Designer
Rosine Delamare
Costume Designer
Serge Vallin
First Assistant Director
Louis Wipf
Production Manager