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The Story of a Three Day Pass

 
 
Jun 25—Jul 1, 2021
 
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RUN TIME: 87min
FORMAT: DCP
LANGUAGE: In English and French with English Subtitles
GENERAL ADMISSION: $16
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Melvin Van Peebles | 1968

With Harry Baird, Nicole Berger

“A new wave classic and one of the great American films of the era.”
—The New Yorker

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 feature debut.

Turner (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. He heads to Paris, where he finds whirlwind romance with a white woman (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.

BAM is thrilled to present this new 4K restoration by IndieCollect, in consultation with Mario Van Peebles and with support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

Jerome L. Greene Foundation

 

Leadership support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation and The Thompson Family Foundation ­

 
 
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