The Story of a Three-Day Pass

The Story of a Three-Day Pass

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles 
(France, 1967, Digital Restoration)

“Among the great American films of the ’60s” —New Yorker

Unable to break into a segregated Hollywood, filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles (1932–2021) traveled to France, taught himself the language, and wrote books in French. One of them, La Permission, became his innovative feature debut: The Story of a Three-Day Pass. Channeling the exuberance of the French New Wave, the drama about a Black U.S. soldier (Harry Baird) stationed in France who begins a whirlwind romance with a White woman (Nicole Berger) served as a commentary on France’s attitudes about race.

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The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; Nina and Michael Zilkha; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Franci Neely; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Lois Chiles Foundation; ILEX Foundation; and L’Alliance Française de Houston.

Special thanks to community partners Houston Cinema Arts Society and Houston Museum of African American Culture.

The Story of a Three-Day Pass

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles
(France, 1967, 87 minutes)
Lynn Wyatt Theater


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