Elena and Her Men

Director: Jean Renoir
Year Released: 1956
Rating: 1.5

Ingrid Bergman's Polish Princess (there are a lot of those, we're told) gets in the middle of a political struggle in France and surrounded by bright costumes and crowded sets. It leans too heavily on the farce to work as a political film, and yet the farce is actually unwanted and excessively silly - Bergman is not left with much of a character, to be quite honest, and she spends most of her time flip-flopping men and appearing indecisive. The picture might have been more successful had it been more about the romance; it's light and forgettable.