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“A Stanley Kubrick Production
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
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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
Starring: 
Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens
Country: 
USA
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”