‘Among the great American films of the sixties’ – Richard Brody
Unable to break into a segregated Hollywood, Melvin Van Peebles decamped to France, taught himself French, and wrote books, one of which, La Permission, would become his stylistically innovative feature debut. Channeling the brash exuberance of the French New Wave, Van Peebles creates an exploration of the psychology of an interracial relationship as well as a commentary on France’s contradictory attitudes about race that is playful, sarcastic, and stingingly subversive by turns, laying the ground foundation for the cinematic revolution he would unleash with Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.
Turner (Harry Baird), an African American soldier stationed in France, is granted a promotion and a leave by his casually racist commanding officer. He heads to Paris, where he finds whirlwind romance with a white woman (Nicole Berger)—but what happens to their love when his leave is over?
The screening on 8 September will be introduced and followed by a Q&A with film and moving image curator and researcher Karen Alexander
5 Sept 2pm
8 Sept 6.20pm
New 4K restoration by IndieCollect in consultation with Mario Van Peebles, with support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Presented as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project with support from BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery and MUBI
Get cheap film tickets with the 25 and Under Scheme at Ciné Lumière
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