The Story of a Three-Day Pass [New Restoration] (1968)

  • Drama
  • 1h 27m
  • France

Price: $11.99 + taxes and fees

New restoration!

Melvin Van Peebles’ adaptation of his own novel follows the love affair between a white woman and a Black American soldier on leave in France.

Years before unleashing his scorched-earth cinematic revolution Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Melvin Van Peebles — unable to break into a segregated Hollywood — decamped to France, taught himself the language, and wrote a book in French, The Story of a Three-Day Pass, which would become his stylistically innovative feature debut. Turner (Harry Baird), a Black American soldier stationed in France, is granted a promotion and a three-day leave from base. He heads to Paris and starts a whirlwind romance with a white woman (Nicole Berger) — but what happens to their love when his furlough is over? Van Peebles channels the brash exuberance of the French New Wave to intimately explore the psychology of an interracial relationship and create a playful, stingingly subversive commentary on France’s contradictory attitudes about race.

New 4K restoration by IndieCollect in consultation with Mario Van Peebles, with support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Content advisories: nudity, sexually suggestive scenes, coarse language


English, French