"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." -Janus Films
The Story of a Three-Day Pass
A major cinematic rediscovery, Melvin Van Peebles' New Wave-inspired debut feature follows an African American soldier on leave in France who enters into a whirlwind romance with a white Parisian woman.
Melvin Van Peebles | 1968 | In English, and French with English subtitles | 86 minutes | NR | 4K DCP
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Children (12 and under): $6
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We are ready to welcome you back safely! The Museum is OPEN with limited capacity and timed ticketing in place. The Samuel Roberts Noble Theater is also open with strict capacity limits and additional social distancing protocols in place.
Some changes you might notice the next time you visit:
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A NEW fast-casual pop-up restaurant is now open in the Museum Cafe space. Café Pompeii serves lunch, light bites, cocktails, beer & wine. The new concept is counter service with open seating.