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Plays as part of our original series Burn Hollywood Burn! The Films of Melvin Van Peebles.
Unable to break into a segregated Hollywood, Melvin Van Peebles decamped to France, taught himself the language, wrote a novel in French, and turned it into his stylistically innovative filmmaking debut. Turner (Harry Baird), an African American soldier stationed in France, is granted a promotion and a three-day leave from base by his casually racist commanding officer. He heads to Paris, where he finds a whirlwind romance with a white woman (Nicole Berger) - but what happens to their love when his furlough is over?
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 subversive commentary on France's contradictory attitudes about race.