MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 42,092 this week

Visions of Light (1992)

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 2,201 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 28 critic

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 05 Nov 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 03 Feb 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 04 May 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Visions of Light (1992)

Visions of Light (1992) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Visions of Light.

User Polls

3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

Director: Wendy Apple
Stars: Kathy Bates, Zach Staenberg, Jodie Foster
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »

Director: Craig McCall
Stars: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.

Director: Kenneth Bowser
Stars: Martin Scorsese, Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese
Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Despite its nearly four-hour running time, this is a uniquely personal look at movies from one of the late 20th century's great directors and film historians. The film consists of head & ... See full summary »

Directors: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson
Stars: Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, Frank Capra
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a ... See full summary »

Director: Damian Pettigrew
Stars: Roberto Benigni, Luigi 'Titta' Benzi, Italo Calvino
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

This controversial documentary about the stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group - the Branch Davidians, under the leadership of the young, charismatic David Koresh - and the FBI ... See full summary »

Director: William Gazecki
Stars: Dan Gifford, Clive Doyle, Jack Harwell
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The son of acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler confronts his complex father by turning the camera on him. What results is a portrait of a difficult genius and a son's path out of the shadow of a famous father.

Director: Mark Wexler
Stars: Haskell Wexler, Mark Wexler, Billy Crystal
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Great Directors, directed by Angela Ismailos, features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, ... See full summary »

Director: Angela Ismailos
Stars: David Lynch, Catherine Breillat, Bernardo Bertolucci
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright
The War Room (1993)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: David Thompson
Stars: Warren Beatty, Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself (as Ernest Dickerson)
Michael Chapman ...
Himself
Allen Daviau ...
Himself
...
Himself
Lisa Rinzler ...
Herself
Conrad L. Hall ...
Himself (as Conrad Hall)
William A. Fraker ...
Himself
John Bailey ...
Himself
Néstor Almendros ...
Himself (as Nestor Almendros)
Charles Rosher Jr. ...
Himself (as Charles D. Rosher)
...
Himself
Stephen H. Burum ...
Himself
Harry L. Wolf ...
Himself (as Harry Wolf)
Charles Lang ...
Himself (as Charles B. Lang)
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to Do the Right Thing. Themes: the DP tells people where to look; changes in movies (the arrival of sound, color, and wide screens) required creative responses from DPs; and, these artisans constantly invent new equipment and try new things, with wonderful results. The narration takes us through the identifiable studio styles of the 30s, the emergence of noir, the New York look, and the impact of Europeans. Citizen Kane, The Conformist, and Gordon Willis get special attention. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

24 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

$799,856 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Todd McCarthy had hoped to include an interview with the legendary cinematographer, John Alton, whose work is highlighted in the film, but could not locate him. Alton had quit the movie business after working on Elmer Gantry (1960), and for many years, even close friends didn't know his whereabouts, or if he was still alive. In 1992, McCarthy was shocked to receive a phone call from the now 91-year-old Alton, who had heard about Visions of Light (1992), and wanted to attend the premiere. Alton insisted that there was nothing mysterious in his disappearance, that he and his wife had simply decided to give up the movie business and travel a bit. They had lived in France, Germany, and Argentina, and had a great time. Alton died in 1996 at the age of 95. See more »

Connections

Edited from What Price Hollywood? (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Shadow Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played and sung during a clip from Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A Great Documentary For Movie Buffs
18 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People who surf this particular website, generally-speaking, should love this documentary as it deals with the movies, and how they are photographed and how the cameramen and we, the viewer, see them. That may sound a bit dry, but this documentary is anything but that. They never stay more than a few minutes on any topic, personality or movie.

I appreciated this DVD more and more as I became more familiar with films. The more of a fan you are of both movies and cinematography, the higher you will rate this documentary. From silent movies to modern-day, the producers on this did a fine job showing examples of films from every decade up to 1990. (It would be fun to see an updated edition of this to include films from the past 15 years.)

This video gave me a new appreciation for black-and-white films. Some of the photography was magnificent and many cinematographers think that is the medium in which they could really show off their talents.

Regarding color, this documentary is where I first heard about the fabulously- filmed movie, "Days Of Heaven" (1978), which has become one of my all-time favorites. In all, there are about 125 films mentioned, so you may discover some gems you weren't aware of, as I did.

Whether you know most of these films or just a few, you should find a number of things in here interesting.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
rain/tears Maychin92
Diffusion in Days of Heaven PiranianRose
What movie is this scene from? hrg91
Where can I find the version of 'the aquarium' used in this documentary? mielr
Other Cinematographer/DP documentaries anandare
If there's ONE movie that deserves a Blu-Ray release... Shmann
Discuss Visions of Light (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page