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The Story of a Three Day Pass (15)
Fresh from its UK premiere at Cinema Rediscovered this summer, we are pleased to present the 1968 debut from Melvin Van Peebles. The film 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.
To read a tribute to Melvin Van Peebles from Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, visit https://www.watershed.co.uk/articles/melvin-van-peebles-1932-2021
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