This is a vintage Soviet movie poster for "Salt of the Earth" (Соль Земли) аn American film released in 1954 that was blacklisted in Hollywood, but released in the Soviet Union. The backlash in Hollywood was over the film's clear pro-communist message which centered around a labor strike at a Zinc company in New Mexico.
Poster & Artist:
This poster was printed in Moscow by Reklamfilm (Рекламфильм) on January 8th, 1957, with a print run of 40,000. The poster's art is striking for the 1950s, a period dominated by Soviet Realism, a style preferred by Stalin. This poster relies on the photomontage technique and is reminiscent of the avant-garde posters of the 1920s and 1930s, which makes it all the more desirable. This is one of the only film posters designed by Leonid Tutrumov (Леонид Тютрюмов) who received regular criticism for his "not quite Soviet" designs.
Very good - creasing, minor tears in the center and bottom, easily restored but will display well as-is. Basic linen-backing should be enough for near perfect display. The photos attached to this listing are of the actual poster, as with most posters we only have one in stock.
The drama film is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and political point of view. Its plot centers on a long and difficult strike, based on the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico. In the film, the company is identified as "Delaware Zinc", and the setting is "Zinctown, New Mexico". The film shows how the miners, the company, and the police react during the strike. In neorealist style, the producers and director used actual miners and their families as actors in the film.
You can stream the film here or click through to YouTube.
- Artist: Leonid Tutrumov (Леонид Тютрюмов)
- Print Date: January 8th, 1957
- Print Run: 40,000
- Issued By: Reklamfilm (Moscow)