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USA 1992
Directed by
Arnold Glassman / Todd McCarthy / Stuart Samuels
92 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
4 stars

Visions Of Light

For anyone interested in film, Visions Of Light is a valuable examination of one of its key elements, cinematography.

A good number of the art's best-known English-speaking practitioners including Haskell Wexler, Vittorio Storaro, Fred Elmes and Gordon Willis (it is pretty much an all-male show) discuss their craft, both in terms of their own work and that of their peers and we are shown a wide range of relevant clips, ranging from the 1925 silent era Ben-Hur to modern days classics such as Taxi Driver and The Godfather. 

The silent era is treated fairly briefly with most attention being paid to the post-1930 period, first the black and white films, then colour. There are many interesting technical points made about specific films such as Gone With The Wind and Touch Of Evil as well as general insights into individual cinematographers’ contribution to classic films. The result is a documentary which will both encourage those who are already film aficionados to go back and revisit some well-known works and inspire newbies to fast-track their education about the marvellous art that is film.




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