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Revolution Begins — Melvin Van Peebles’ The Story of a Three-Day Pass

Melvin Van Peebles’ first feature-length film is as in your face as it can be.

The Story of a Three-Day Pass marks the beginning of a man’s cinematic revolution. With Hollywood unwilling to allow black people opportunities to direct films, Melvin Van Peebles went to Europe, eventually settling in France. It was there he wrote multiple books. One of these books was La Permission. Utilizing a clause that allowed the writer of a book to obtain a director’s card, Van Peebles finally had the key to begin his…

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