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Visions of Light (1992)

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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest R. Dickerson ... Himself (as Ernest Dickerson)
Michael Chapman ... Himself
Allen Daviau ... Himself
Caleb Deschanel ... Himself
Lisa Rinzler 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. Charles Rosher Jr. ... Himself (as Charles D. Rosher)
Vilmos Zsigmond ... Himself
Stephen H. Burum Stephen H. Burum ... Himself
Harry L. Wolf Harry L. Wolf ... Himself (as Harry Wolf)
Charles Lang ... Himself (as Charles B. Lang)
Sven Nykvist ... Himself
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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>

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The Art of Cinematography


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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Gross USA:

$799,856
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the interviews with Cinematographers were shot using early HDTV production equipment, in order to introduce HDTV to Hollywood Cinematographers. NHK-Japan provided the equipment, hoping that American Cinematographers would start using the new technology. See more »

Quotes

Vittorio Storaro: I understood at that moment that cinema really has no nationality.
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Connections

Features 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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The Aquarium
from "Carnival of the Animals"
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A Great Documentary For Movie Buffs
18 September 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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.


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