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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
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