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  • Directed by: Melvin Van Peebles
  • Cast: Harry Baird, Nicole Berger
  • Year: 1967
  • Duration: 87min
  • Certificate: TBC
  • Type: Film

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.

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