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THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS – New 4K Restoration
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Melvin Van Peebles’s edgy, angsty, romantic first feature could never have been made in America. Unable to break into a segregated Hollywood, Van Peebles decamped to France, taught himself the language, and wrote a number of books in French, one of which, La permission, would become his stylistically innovative feature debut. Turner (Harry Baird), an African American soldier stationed in France, is granted a promotion and a three-day leave from base by his casually racist commanding officer and heads to Paris, where he finds whirlwind romance with a white woman (Nicole Berger)—but what happens to their love when his furlough is over? Channeling the brash exuberance of the French New Wave, Van Peebles creates an exploration of the psychology of an interracial relationship as well as a commentary on France’s contradictory attitudes about race that is playful, sarcastic, and stingingly subversive by turns, and that laid the foundation for the scorched-earth cinematic revolution he would unleash just a few years later with Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. New 4K restoration by IndieCollect in consultation with Mario Van Peebles, with support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Dir: Melvin Van Peeble / 1968 / US, France / 87 min
“With ‘The Story of a Three Day Pass,’ Melvin Van Peebles shattered the usual mirrors presented in movies” — Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
“…it’s at once a New Wave classic and one of the great American films of the era” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“It has a special place among 1960s movies – it is neither American nor French, but a unique example of filmmaking from the Black diaspora, with a particular, even fragile viewpoint and artistry. It stands on its merits as an excellent film.” — A.S. Hamrah, 4Columns