Melvin Van Peebles’
THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS
Plays Theatrically and in Virtual Cinema Friday, May 7 – Thursday, May 13
NEW 4K RESTORATION
Playing theatrically and in Virtual Cinema.
(1968) Stationed in France, Black GI Harry Baird heads for an ooh-lah-lah weekend on the town – then finds himself falling for the French woman he’s picked up in a Parisian boîte. Based on the ex-pat director’s own novel La Permission, written in French, Van Peebles’ debut feature channels the exuberance of the New Wave, with an enchanting performance by Godard/Truffaut actress Nicole Berger, who died tragically before the film’s release. DCP. Approx. 87 min. In English and French, with English subtitles.
New 4K restoration by IndieCollect, in consultation with Mario Van Peebles. With support from the Hollywood Foreign Press.
A JANUS FILMS RELEASE.
Virtual Cinema program supported by the Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation.
“A DISARMINGLY ROMANTIC DEBUT FEATURE.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Van Peebles’ most stylistically assured and emotionally satisfying film.”
– Brandon Harris
“Had the same kind of critical response received twenty years later for Spike Lee’s breakthrough work… the idea now emerged that the best qualified person to deal on screen with the Black experience was a Black director.”
– Donald Bogle
“Looks starkly, intimately, and imaginatively at the double life of a Black soldier in the U.S. Army… reflects the stylistic variety and the freewheeling innovation of the French New Wave.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“Van Peebles tells their story with a simplicity, freshness and spontaneity of the early New Wave films. Rarely does the camera capture so intensely the sense of exhilaration that accompanies liberation as Baird’s arrival in Paris.”
– Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times
“A MILESTONE OR LANDMARK-MOVIE... A CHARMING 'LITTLE' FILM, BRIMMING WITH HUMOR AND WARMTH AND BITTERSWEET TRUTH.”
– Judith Crist, New York Magazine