To Die For (1995)
- Directed by:
- Gus Van Sant
- Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck
- Title design:
- Pablo Ferro
One of his most engaging recent title sequences, edited with his son Allen Ferro, for the 1995 murder farce To Die For, directed by Gus Van Sant, gave him an opportunity to test how far he could develop the film’s leading character in the few minutes prior to the start of the action. The protagonist, played by Nicole Kidman, is a woman who desperately longs to be a TV newscaster at all costs (including murder), and convinces her young lover to kill her husband, so she will be free to pursue her career. Through a brief montage of fictional tabloid newspaper and magazine covers and a few minutes of word bytes and graphics, Ferro paints a portrait that would ordinarily take considerably more pages of dialogue to achieve in a typical narrative form. “I wanted to set up her identity so well, that you knew this person before you met her,” says Ferro. Cropping in tightly on the various headlines and logos, as well enlarging photographs to abstract dot patterns, Ferro indicates the whirlwind sensational media attention that underscores Kidman’s character. – Steve Heller: “Quick Cuts, Coarse Letters, Multiple Screens”
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