EXODUS: The Birth of a Nation (1960)


EXODUS: The Birth of a Nation (1960)
by Darius Kadivar

The Late Paul Newman in the Classic Otto Preminger Movie EXODUS (1960) about the Birth of the State of Israel and its Struggle to Survive. Based on the Best Seller Book by Leon URIS and a screenplay by Dulton Trumbo (Spartacus).



The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor blocked by the British with whom they must negotiate. The second part of the film is about the situation in Israel as independence is declared and most of their neighbors attack them.

World War II, the life of the Jewish nation is uncertain. The United Nations is contemplating taking a vote on creating a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Until then, many Jews are exiled from much of Europe - especially Germany - and as they have no where to go, they are sent to detention camps among other places Cypress. Ari Ben Canaan, a Palestinian Jew, wants to smuggle as many Jews as possible into Palestine. In his mind, the easiest way to influence the United Nations vote is by sheer numbers residing in Palestine. Ari commandeers a ship with 600 Jews, and after some obstacles, manages to make it to Palestine. Ari grew up in a mixed Arab/Jewish community in Palestine. His best childhood friend, Taha, is Arab and is now leader of the Arab section of the community. Regardless of the United Nations vote, the road to Ari's dream of a peaceful Jewish homeland in Palestine will be a difficult one because despite his own model community, extremist factions, both on the Jewish side and the anti-Zionist side, will never see living together in peace and advocate violence to achieve their own ends. Within this fray is widowed American nurse, Kitty Fremont. Kitty is initially naive about the conflict and hostile toward Ari's means of achieving his goals. However, she ultimately falls in love with him and with his dream despite their religious and cultural differences.

The Music Score  "THE EXODUS SONG: This Land is Mine":

By Andre Rieu and his Orchestra:

By Andy Williams:


Iranians mourned Paul Newman on Sunday in a rare instance of adoration of cinema trumping ideological and political differences By Darius KADIVAR (PersianMirror)

Recommended Readings:

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Iranian Diaspora Intelligentsia Unite Against Islamic Republic's Holocaust Revisionism By Darius KADIVAR

Esther's Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews by Houman Sarshar

Signed, sealed & delivered by Fereydoun Hoveyda. The former diplomat participated in the drafting and voting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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Great Film

by Zion on

Belongs to the set of films they will never come to make again.
Now we have world that is slowly going mad again, just like in the thirties.
Thanks Darius. I know we disagree a lot and you don't share my views in many other topics. But that matters little.
Thanks for being one of the few lone decent voices here to represent the silent Iranians whose voice is being drowned by the ideological zealots.

Darius Kadivar

FYI/'Bin Laden urges war on Israel' (bbc)

by Darius Kadivar on

A new audio message purported to be from Osama Bin Laden has urged Muslims to launch a holy war to stop the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.



You can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot

by zionist detector (not verified) on

fool all of the people all of the time. Why are you so upset? I just repeated your own words about "not being a Zionist and not being a pro monarchist" while publishing propaganda for both. Do you have a guilty feeling that you cannot express better?

Darius Kadivar

"Q" Neey Detector ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

Dorood IRI Apologist/zionist detectord.

Take your time to look in the mirror:


Say Hello to Your HAMAS and HEZBOLLAH New ARYAN Brothers ...

We Can Make the Difference Between REAL PATRIOTS and YOUR LIKES zionist detectord.



Occupation of Palestine maybe a better title for this pro Israel

by zionist detectord (not verified) on

propaganda film from the zionist Hollywood movie making machine. You, DK, claim you are not a Zionist but your propaganda machine runs non-stop. You also claim you do not support monarchy but your pro monarchist propaganda machine runs on all cylender.

Now, either you are not honest with yourself or you are not honest with us? If one believes in something he/she should stand for it and defend it. An honest wise person would not deceive himself or others. The whole wold knows Hollywood is a shameless propaganda machine for Israel from its very beginnig.

Litmus test: Hollywood is completely quite about the massacre of Palestinians. Where's rage? The human rights activists and animal rights activists(animals die by bombs too)of Hollywood are afraid to say anything due to becoming black listed by the Zionist stablishment of Hollywood.