Shot in 16mm, Bérénice is Rohmer’s first finished film. The film is based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe about a man who becomes obsessed with his cousin’s teeth. The film was shot at Andre Bazin’s house by Jacques Rivette, who also edited the film.
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Of course Rohmer's first film is about a man who is obsessed with a woman (except this is based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story and the man is obsessed with his sick wife's teeth). Bold first project and DP'd by Jacques Rivette.
As strange an stylistically uncharacteristic Rohmer's first film is, the basics make sense. This establishes Rohmer as a man who obsesses about people, they way they look and move. He'd spend the rest of his life attempting to document people, though thankfully with a more thorough aesthetic.
A quick note that the time is wrong on Mubi, it should be 21 minutes long.