GenreDocumentary, History Initial DVD releaseFebruary 25, 1998 WriterTodd McCarthy LanguageEnglish
Stuart Samuels Release date1992 (1992) DirectorsTodd McCarthy, Arnold Glassman, Stuart Samuels CastVittorio Storaro, Conrad L Hall, Gordon Willis, Vilmos Zsigmond, Nestor Almendros Similar moviesCinematographer Style (2006)
Visions of Light is a 1992 documentary film directed by Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy and Stuart Samuels. The film is also known as Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography.
The film covers the art of cinematography since the conception of cinema at the turn of the 20th century. Many filmmakers and cinematographers present their views and discuss why the art of cinematography is important within the craft of filmmaking.
The film is the equivalent of a walk through a cinema museum. The doc interviews many modern-day directors of photography and they illustrate via examples their best work and the scenes from films that influenced them to pursue their art.
Many known cinematographers are interviewed, including: Néstor Almendros, John Bailey, Conrad Hall, Michael Chapman, László Kovács, and others.
They discuss their craft and pay homage to the cinema pioneers like Gregg Toland, Billy Bitzer, James Wong Howe and John Alton. The practitioners also explain the origins behind many of their most indelible images in cinema history.
William A. Fraker
Stephen H. Burum
James Wong Howe
John A. Alonzo
Victor J. Kemper
The filmmakers discuss the following films:
Visions of Light has an overall approval rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
New York Film Critics Circle Awards: NYFCC Award; Best Documentary; 1993.
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: BSFC Award Best Documentary; 1993.
National Society of Film Critics Awards: NSFC Award; Best Documentary; 1994.
American Cinema Editors: Eddie; Best Edited Documentary, Arnold Glassman; 1994.