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What is this?

On white ground, an indigo sky with the word "EXODUS” at bottom. From behind "EXODUS" emerge flames, and above the text appear reaching arms bearing a machete, appearing to reach the midnight moon. Below, the credits: OTTO PREMINGER PRESENTS / PAUL NEWMAN - EVA MARIE SAINT / RALPH RICHARDSON - PETER LAWFORD / LEE J. COBB / SAL MINEO - JOHN DEREK / HUGH GRIFFITH - GREGORY RATOFF / JILL HAWORTH IN "EXODUS", with further credits in smaller type.

Why is this in our collection?

In his 1961 ad campaign for Otto Preminger’s film Exodus, Bass creates a poster-within-a-poster that is consumed from below by yellow flames. Bass applies similar imagery to the film’s title sequence, in which a yellow flame flickers along the bottom of a black screen, mingling with the stark white typography before engulfing the full frame.

This is a poster from United States. It is dated 1961 and we acquired it in 2010. Gift of Sara and Marc Benda.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 107 as part of How Posters Work.

Its medium is

offset lithograph on wove paper

Its dimensions are

104.1 × 68.7 cm (41 in. × 27 1/16 in.)

This object was lithographer: National Screen Service Corporation and designed by Saul Bass

A timeline of event horizons

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Poster, Exodus, 1961 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=29 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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