Claire Denis’s Melville

I just posted a high school lesson I taught on “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” I showed the film by Jonathan Parker after reading the story, in part because the students were not accustomed to reading texts from before the 20th century, and partly because they were weeks away from graduation and thus miles away from me at times.

Another film adaptation of Melville’s work (this one, Billy Budd) is Claire Denis’s Beau Travail. In the incredible last scene, Denis Lavant delivers a beautiful dance in fits and starts:

http://vimeo.com/40552113 .

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