The Story of a Three Day Pass

La Permission

Melvin Van Peebles’ French New Wave-inspired first feature, newly restored.

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France 1968
Dir Melvin Van Peebles
With Harry Baird, Nicole Berger, Hal Brav
Digital 4K
English subtitles, Some
Certificate tbc

‘Among the great American films of the sixties’ - Richard Brody, New York Times. Melvin Van Peebles’ first feature is based on his own novel (written in French) and follows Turner, a Black American soldier stationed in France who’s granted a three-day pass of leave and travels to Paris, where he meets and falls for a white woman named Miriam. During the weekend, their romance throws up some of the casual and contradictory views on race found in the French capital at the time and Van Peebles deals with them head on and playfully, but with an element of subversion. With a look inspired by the French New Wave, this rarely seen picture is just waiting to be celebrated by a new generation in its new 4K restoration.

Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer

Presented as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project with support from the BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery.