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Immediately after Dr. Strangelove, Ferro created the main title sequence for Basil Dearden’s 1964 Woman of Straw starring Sean Connery and Gina Lollobrigida. He was referred by famed production designer Ken Adams, who was responsible for Strangelove and many of the James Bond movie sets. This now forgotten film offered Ferro a unique opportunity to experiment with a totally different technique that involved using high contrast film that reduced all middle-tones to solid black which he then bathed through red filters. He further used intense close crops, overlays, and in and out fades, focusing on a few symbolic elements – a wheel chair, a woman and a man (Connery). By overlaying positive and negative images, he created tension between the realistic and the abstract. Today this technique is one of the most common conceits used as openers for dramatic TV series, but back in 1964 it was new to the silver screen. – Steve Heller: “Quick Cuts, Coarse Letters, Multiple Screens”

Woman of Straw (1964)

Directed by: 
Basil Dearden
Starring: 
Gina Lollobrigida, Sean Connery, Ralph Richardson, Alexander Knox, Johnny Sekka
Country: 
UK
Title design: 
Pablo Ferro
Woman of Straw (1964) blu-ray movie title Opening credits – typography The End The End
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Box office top 25, 1964, France:

  1. Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez
  2. The Sword in the Stone
  3. From Russia with Love
  4. L’Homme de Rio
  5. Fantômas
  6. The Train
  7. Cent mille dollars au soleil
  8. My Fair Lady
  9. Week-end à Zuydcoote
  10. La Tulipe noire
  11. Angélique Marquise des Anges
  12. Banco à Bangkok pour OSS 117
  13. L’Âge ingrat
  14. Allez France!
  15. The Fall of the Roman Empire
  16. Les Barbouzes
  17. Une ravissante idiote
  18. Circus World
  19. Échappement libre
  20. Faites sauter la banque!
  21. Monsieur
  22. Topkapi
  23. Tintin et les oranges bleues
  24. McLintock!
  25. La Chasse à l’homme

Box office top 25, 1964, Italy:

  1. Goldfinger
  2. Per un pugno di dollari
  3. Matrimonio all’italiana
  4. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  5. Circus World
  6. Angélique
  7. Il magnifico cornuto
  8. The Carpetbaggers
  9. Cheyenne Autumn
  10. Due mafiosi nel Far West
  11. 002 agenti segretissimi
  12. La congiuntura
  13. I due evasi di Sing Sing
  14. Topkapi
  15. The Train
  16. I due toreri
  17. Sedotta e abbandonata
  18. I due mafiosi
  19. In ginocchio da te
  20. Sedotti e bidonati
  21. Major Dundee
  22. How to Murder Your Wife
  23. Marnie
  24. The Yellow Rolls-Royce
  25. 5.000 dollari sull’asso