The Story of a Three - Day Pass (La Permission, Histoire D’Une Perm, The Pass)

Director: Melvin Van Peebles
Screenwriters: Melvin Van Peebles

Institute History

  • 1990 Sundance Film Festival


A black American soldier stationed in France is given a three-day pass and has an idyllic affair. The liaison challenges racial convention and leads to bitter, if predictable, consequences.

Van Peebles made this first feature film-based on a story be had written under the auspices of a French government program that guaranteed published authors the right to direct a motion-picture version of their work. Its treatment of an interracial love story was daring. if not shocking. The film presents a number of black-versus-white stereotypes in ways that leave them open to varying interpretations. When The Story of a Three Day Pass had its American premiere at the 1967 San Francisco Film Festival, it was acclaimed as the Critics' Choice. This recognition led to the Hollywood offer to direct Watermelon Man.

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— Betsy McLane

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