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Director:
Writers:
Jean Renoir (scenario & adaptation and dialogue)
Jean Serge (adaptation)
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Release Date:
31 December 1956 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Only Thing Gayer Than April in Paris is Bergman in Paris!
Plot:
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. See more » | Add synopsis »
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colorfully presented but utterly uninvolving See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ingrid Bergman ... Elena Sokorowska

Jean Marais ... Général François Rollan

Mel Ferrer ... Le comte Henri de Chevincourt
Jean Richard ... Hector
Juliette Gréco ... Miarka, la gitane (as Juliette Greco)
Pierre Bertin ... Martin-Michaud
Dora Doll ... Rosa la Rose
Frédéric Duvallès ... Gaudin
Renaud Mary ... Fleury
Jacques Morel ... Duchêne
Albert Rémy ... Buchez
Jean Claudio ... Lionel Villaret
Mirko Ellis ... Marbeau
Jacques Hilling ... Lisbonne
Jacques Jouanneau ... Eugène Martin-Michaud
Elina Labourdette ... Paulette Escoffier
Olga Valéry ... Olga

Gérard Buhr ... Un soldat
Georges Hubert
Jean Castanier ... Isnard
Rodolfo Lodi
Gregori Chmara ... Le domestique d'Elena
Gaston Modot ... Le chef des bohèmiens
Liliane Ernout
Aram Stephan
Jim Gérald ... Le cafetier
Yves Thomas
Claire Gérard ... Une promeneuse
Charles Dolfus
René Bernard
Léo Marjane ... La chanteuse de rue

Magali Noël ... Lolotte
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francine Bergé ... Une soubrette de Rosa (uncredited)
René Berthier ... (uncredited)

Jean-Claude Brialy ... Extra (uncredited)
Lyne Carrel ... (uncredited)
Jaque Catelain ... (uncredited)
Les Chanteuses du Lapin à Gil ... Des chanteuses (uncredited)
Yvonne Dany ... (uncredited)
Hubert de Lapparent ... Le policier en civil (uncredited)
Paul Demange ... Le spectateur au périscope (uncredited)
Pierre Duverger ... (uncredited)
Le Débuché de Paris ... Les joueurs de cor (uncredited)
Corinne Jansen ... (uncredited)
Léon Larive ... Le domestique d'Henri (uncredited)
Robert Le Béal ... Le docteur (uncredited)
Palmyre Levasseur ... La vendeuse de journaux (uncredited)

Sandra Milo ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Michèle Nadal ... Denise Martin-Michaud (uncredited)
Jean Ozenne ... Le représentant du gouvernement (uncredited)
Paul Préboist ... Le palefrenier (uncredited)
Louisette Rousseau ... (uncredited)
Simone Sylvestre ... Une amie d'Henri (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Renoir 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Renoir  scenario & adaptation and dialogue
Jean Serge  adaptation

Produced by
Joseph Bercholz .... producer
Henry Deutschmeister .... producer
Edouard Gide .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph Kosma 
 
Cinematography by
Claude Renoir (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Borys Lewin 
 
Production Design by
Jean André 
 
Costume Design by
Rosine Delamare 
Monique Plotin 
 
Makeup Department
Alex Archambault .... chief hair stylist
Jean Paul Ulysse .... key makeup artist (as Jean Ulysse)
 
Production Management
Lucien Lippens .... unit manager
Robert Turlure .... unit manager: exteriors
Louis Wipf .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Serge Vallin .... assistant director
Serge Witta .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert André .... assistant production designer
Jacques Saulnier .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
William Robert Sivel .... sound engineer
Arthur Van der Meeren .... assistant sound engineer (as Arthur van der Meeren)
Pierre Zann .... assistant sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gilbert Chain .... camera operator
Emmanuel Lowenthal .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maurice Breslave .... costume execution (as Breslave)
Marie Gromtseff .... costume execution (as Gromtzeff)
Barbara Karinska .... costume execution (as Karinska)
Roland Meyer .... furs
Noella Riotteau .... jewelry designer
Jean Zay .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Armand Ridel .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Georges Van Parys .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ginette Doynel .... script girl
Georges Vallon .... administrator (as Georges Valon)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Elena et les hommes" - Italy (original title)
"Paris Does Strange Things" - UK, USA
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Runtime:
France:95 min | Germany:96 min | USA:98 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia:
Audrey Hepburn did not want to be separated from her husband 'Mel Ferrer' while she was making Funny Face (1957), so filming of the Paris scenes in that film were timed to coincide with Ferrer's filming for this film.See more »
Soundtrack:
MiarkaSee more »

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colorfully presented but utterly uninvolving, 12 July 2014
Author: junkielee from Cairo, Egypt

A Jean Renoir vaudeville stars Ingrid Bergman as a Polish princess-cum-widow Elena Sokorowska in pre WWI Paris, merrily philandering with her suitors, until they are pinned down between two, the radical party general François Rollan (Marais) who is a candidate for the prime minister of the country and a romantic count Henri de Chevincourt (Ferrer).

My second Renoir's film after THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939, 8/10), ELENA AND HER MEN is on a splendid parade of polychromatism with exquisite costumes and interior decoration, whereas the movie is indulged in its own flamboyance and fecklessness, not even Juliette Gréco's superb rendition could ease the despondent frown.

Maybe it was Renoir's intention to make a film pandering for French audience and foreign Gallo- savants at its time, but the story is utterly uninvolving, all the rapid talking side characters pop up and romp around inordinately, which causes great trouble to comprehend what is going on on the screen, soon or later, all of them will inexplicably lapses into ridiculous buffoons, and more unsatisfying is that there is never enough room for viewers to savor the farce.

Bergman has a gregarious presence in this light-hearted rom-com, a skip-deep socialite can equally excel in conquering any man she wants and appeasing any man she deserts, with her charm daisy. Two besotted gentlemen, either the aristocratic and uptight Marias or the more characterless Ferrer, fail to make strong impact other than a convenient pawn to be blindly swept off his feet by Elena ever since the first glance.

Supporting roles galore, Jean Richard is Rollan's guard Hector, fights for the love of Lolotte (Noël), Elena's young maid, with Eugéne (Jouanneau), Elena's soon-to-be son-in-law, and truly, Elena is going to remarry with shoe businessman Mr. Martin-Michaud (Bertin), and their will be a double wedding with Eugéne marries his fiancée Denise (Nadal), things are all mismanaged under a political turbulence which one might find it difficult to decipher with its fast pace. Not to mention Rollan's quartet political corp, things could not be more messier.

Renoir certainly is still good at his trick with various characters bungle together within a carefully measured frame, but it doesn't change much for the haphazard love-triangle, in the end, one can only wish it could end as soon as possible, since our rationality determines that it doesn't worth all the effort.

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