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Seminar: Beau Travail


Film critic and historian Imogen Sara Smith leads this virtual seminar on Claire Denis' hypnotically beautiful drama.

Register Here

How will this work?

When you register for this virtual education seminar, the program will be presented in three parts.

At least one week before the seminar, you'll receive an email with a link to watch a pre-taped lecture, to view before the film at your convenience. Please make sure to check your spam folder for this link before emailing our support team.

Then, you can go off and watch the film on your own. Unlike most seminars, this is a film you can rent from the Coolidge! We're thrilled to be screening Beau Travail virtually, but please note you will have to still pay for the film separately from the seminar.

Make sure you watch the film before the discussion, which will take place on Thursday, September 10 at 8pm EST over Zoom. Before the discussion, you can submit questions for the instructor here. You'll also have the opportunity to submit questions during the discussion!

Have any technical questions? Visit our FAQ page here.

About the Speaker

Imogen Sara Smith is a freelance critic and film historian based in New York City. She is the author of two books, In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City and Buster Keaton: The Persistence of Comedy. She has written for Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, the Criterion Current, and many other venues, and her commentary on film appears on the Criterion Channel and Blu-rays from the Criterion Collection, Kino Lorber, and other companies. She teaches film history at the School of Visual Arts. 


Beau Travail
1hr 32mins

With her ravishingly sensual take on Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor, Claire Denis firmly established herself as one of the great visual tone poets of our time.