Steven Spielberg commissioned Saul to create a poster for Spielberg's harrowing, Oscar-winning Holocaust drama. This was the final design that Saul submitted, and it was printed in limited quantities. There is some mystery as to why they were printed, since the studio ultimately chose a completely different design by another artist.
There are indications (note the lack of an MPAA rating and the UIP distribution logo, which was the overseas distributor for Universal, Paramount and MGM/UA) that it was intended to be used as an "international" 1 Sheet, for English-speaking countries throughout the world. This would not have been unusual, as alternate designs were often chosen for "international" 1 Sheets. Yet this poster is not known to have been used at any theater for the film's initial release, either domestically or overseas. Therefore the limited print run would likely have been done for one of two reasons: either this was indeed intended to be used internationally but - after having been printed - a last minute decision was made not to go forward OR an individual - most likely Spielberg - or group of individuals at Universal Pictures or Spielberg's production company, having already decided not to use this design ordered a print run for posterity. This would not have been unprecedented: in 1982 a special 1 Sheet for E.T. was produced that featured the climatic "flying bike" image which had been purposely left off the 1 Sheet posters, in order to create a sense of mystery about the film. Again, there was a relatively small print run, and the posters were not used at theaters and are highly collectible.
In any case, some of the posters from the SCHINDLER'S LIST print run were given to Saul, and those are the posters the Archive is offering.
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