Introduction by Eric A. Goldman, author of The American Jewish Story through Cinema.
The epic film based on the celebrated Leon Uris novel stars Paul Newman as Ari Ben Canaan, who smuggles 600 Jewish refugees from the island of Cyprus to British Mandate Palestine aboard a stolen cargo vessel. Eva Marie Saint plays Kitty, a nurse who takes on the Zionist cause and soon falls in love with Ari. Filmed on location, Exodus sparked interest in Israel by bringing its images to millions across the U.S. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
Focus on Otto Preminger
The legendary film director and Austrian-Jewish emigré Otto Preminger helped jumpstart Saul Bass’s career as a movie poster and title sequence designer by asking him to design the poster for his film Carmen Jones (1954). Preminger was so impressed that he asked Bass to design the movie titles as well, and the two would go on to have a longstanding professional relationship. In this mini-retrospective, the NYJFF presents three of Preminger’s masterpieces for which Bass designed titles.