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The Story of a Three Day Pass

Co-presented by MFAH Virtual Cinema

Jul 9, 2021, 10:00 AM Eventive Virtual Platform $10.00 Get Tickets

HCAS and MFAH Virtual Cinema host a week-long run of the recently restored classic, The Story of a Three Day Pass, July 9th through 15th through the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's virtual platform.

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.

Country, Year France, 1967
DirectorMelvin Van Peebles
WriterMelvin Van Peebles
CastHarry Baird, Nicole Berger, Pierre Doris, Christian Martin
ProducerGuy Belfond, Gaston Doha
LanguageEnglish, English Subtitles, French
Runtime87 MINS, SECS
Event TypeFilm