Vintage original 35 x 25" (87 x 62 cm.) silkscreen poster, USA. Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon, Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Gene Tierney, dir: Otto Preminger; Otto Preminger Films. The first Hollywood studio film to feature a main character who is bisexual.
Based on Allen Drury's Pulitzer Prize-winning political shocker of 1959 (but detached from the novel's Cold War agenda) about how American government functions in a free society. Robert Leffingwell is the president's candidate for Secretary of State who must go under investigation to determine his qualifications. The man leading the investigation, Senator Brigham Anderson, discovers Leffingwell's past affiliations with the Communist Party, but upon testimony Leffingwell is proven innocent. It is later discovered that he lied under oath and Senator Anderson pleads with the president to denounce his affiliation with Leffingwell, even as Anderson himself is blackmailed for his own past (being a closet homosexual).
Our friend, poster collector and dealer Daniel Strebin, provided this information: About a decade ago, he received consignments of Saul Bass silkscreens from the Bass estate. He personally saw invoices for some of them which were printed around 1965. Most of the silkscreens were produced at Art Krebs Studio in Los Angeles. Bass continued to have silkscreens created up until around 1980.
All of the silkscreen editions appear to have been in editions of between 50-150. It also seems that once an edition was exhausted, Bass did not make a second edition; as a result, all of these art silkscreens are very rare indeed. Bass never intended for these posters to be sold -- they were intended to be given away. Since he was frequently frustrated with the compromises the film studios inflicted on his magnificent modernist designs, the silkscreens were intended to represent his imagery in its purest possible form.
This poster is unused and has a minor bit of creasing along the left edge and one tiny left edge tear, JUST ABOUT FINE.
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