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THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS

Melvin VAN PEEBLES

1968

87

minutes

Turner, a U.S. soldier stationed outside Paris, is smitten with Miriam, a sensitive young woman he meets at a nightclub and they embark on a weekend fling. Melvin Van Peebles's subtle handling of racial tension that makes this such a powerful movie. That tension simmers beneath the surface and then comes bursting out as Harry Baird, in the role of Turner, reacts to what he perceives as a slur. Nicole Berger’s Miriam is incredibly touching as she strives to understand Turner’s anguish and to comfort him, yet she cannot really grasp why he is so upset. Artfully directed, this first movie by Melvin Van Peebles illuminates the issues we are still facing today as the Black Lives Matter movement crystallizes a new and deeper understanding of overt and covert forms of oppression.

CASTING

Charles BAIRD

Turner

Nicole BERGER

Miriam

CREDITS

Melvin VAN PEEBLES

Realisation

Melvin VAN PEEBLES

Screenplay

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