North and South (1966)

Concept and creative process

Opening titles for an adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's feisty and passionate story, set across the social divide in the changing world of Victorian society. A floral vignette framed several portraits of Margaret Hale, played by Wendy Williams. Starting with a full length shot and mixing ever closer, to a head and shoulders profile, which dissolved into a black cameo image of her. Finally, a panning shot over a Victorian illustration of a Northern industrial city is seen through a soft-edge vignette, forming a background for the credits. The sequence was shot entirely in-camera on a film rostrum.

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