The Story Of A Three Day Pass - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Apr 12 to Jun 24

Melvin Van Peebles - 1968 - 87m - In French and English with English subtitles

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LEGENDARY DIRECTOR MELVIN VAN PEEBLES 1968 FEATURE DEBUT RESTORED! 

"Among the great American films of the sixties." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker  

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY IN THE TIMES WE'RE IN TO SUPPORT BOTH YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT CINEMA AS WELL AS GREAT INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING!

Melvin Van Peebles' 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 filmmaking 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.

"Mr. Van Peebles’s best-known film is Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song .. but his disarmingly romantic debut feature deserves a place in the canon.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Van Peebles’ most stylistically assured and emotionally satisfying film.” - Brandon Harris, Hammer to Nail

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The Story Of A Three Day Pass - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too ! poster