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“A Stanley Kubrick Production
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
5 4 3 2 1
Why did U.S. bombers attack Russia?
What was the first word said on the hot line?
Why did U.S. paratroopers invade their own base?
Why does Dr. Strange Love want ten females to each male?
How does the fate of the world hang on a Coca-Cola machine?
Why was General Jack D. Ripper obsessed by fluids?
What is the Doomsday machine?
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
starring Peter Sellers George C. Scott Sterling Hayden
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
See it Mon. or: a week from Thurs. or: Sun. Wed. Fri. Sat. or: Mon.”

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Directed by: 
Stanley Kubrick
Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens
Title design: 
Pablo Ferro
Fonts used: 
Futura, Grotesque
Ferro was free to generate ideas and Kubrick was self-confident enough to accept (and sometimes refine) them. For example, once the sexual theme of the opening title sequence was decided upon, Kubrick wanted to film it all using small airplane models (doubtless prefiguring his classic space ship ballet in 2001: A Space Odyssey). Ferro dissuaded him and located the official stock footage that they used instead. Ferro further conceived the idea to fill the entire screen with lettering (which incidentally had never been done before), requiring the setting of credits at different sizes and weights, which potentially ran counter to legal contractual obligations. But Kubrick supported it regardless. On the other hand, Ferro was prepared to have the titles refined by a lettering artist, but Kubrick correctly felt that the rough hewn quality of the hand-drawn comp was more effective. So he carefully lettered the entire thing himself with a thin pen. Yet only after the film was released did he notice that one word was misspelled: “base on” instead of “based on”. Ooops! Incidentally, Kubrick insisted that Ferro take “front credit” rather than “back credit,” a rare and significant movie industry protocol. – Steve Heller: “Quick Cuts, Coarse Letters, Multiple Screens”

Box office (1964)


  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


  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