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Cinematography  Nancy Schreiber
Duration  
Country  Japan United States
7.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary, History
Initial DVD release  February 25, 1998
Writer  Todd McCarthy
Language  English
Visions of Light movie poster
Director  Arnold Glassman Todd McCarthy Stuart Samuels
Release date  1992 (1992)
Directors  Todd McCarthy, Arnold Glassman, Stuart Samuels
Cast  Vittorio Storaro, Conrad L Hall, Gordon Willis, Vilmos Zsigmond, Nestor Almendros
Similar movies  Cinematographer 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.

Contents

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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.

Synopsis

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.

Cinematographer interviews

  • Ernest Dickerson
  • Michael Chapman
  • Allen Daviau
  • Caleb Deschanel
  • Conrad Hall
  • William A. Fraker
  • John Bailey
  • Néstor Almendros
  • Vilmos Zsigmond
  • Stephen H. Burum
  • Charles Lang
  • Sven Nykvist
  • László Kovács
  • James Wong Howe
  • Haskell Wexler
  • Vittorio Storaro
  • John A. Alonzo
  • Victor J. Kemper
  • Owen Roizman
  • Gordon Willis
  • Bill Butler
  • Michael Ballhaus
  • Frederick Elmes
  • Filmography

    The filmmakers discuss the following films:

    Reception

    Visions of Light has an overall approval rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Awards

    Wins

  • 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.
  • Nominations

  • American Cinema Editors: Eddie; Best Edited Documentary, Arnold Glassman; 1994.
  • References

    Visions of Light Wikipedia
    Visions of Light IMDb Visions of Light themoviedb.org


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