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Visions of Light [1992] [DVD] [1922]

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  • Directors: Arnold Glassman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000E6UXT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,187 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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VISONS OF LIGHT
The Art of Cinematography
A film by Arnold Glassman

In the century that cinema has existed, audiences have become increasingly familiar with the names and faces of the men and women who made our movies; from D W Griffith to Steven Spielberg, directors' names have been widely known to their audiences, and the cult of the movie star is almost as old as cinema itself. Often overlooked, however, and seldom less a contributor to the final cut than a director, editor, writer or star, is the cinematographer - the DP, the lightening cameraman - the man, or woman, who creates the image to be recorded in that artificial eye, the camera.

Visions of Light goes some considerable way towards redressing that oversight. A study in cinematography, this 90 minute programme features interviews with no less than 29 lighting cameramen and directors who acknowledge and illustrate their influences, their mentors, and inspiration over 100 film clips, and who share with us some of their tactics and secrets.

The programme was originated in a revolutionary format of HDTV (High Definition Television) in an on-screen ratio of 14:9. The many film clips were transferred from their original 35mm prints onto the new high definition format, and these are presented in their original aspect ratios. Included among the programme's many contributors are Ernest Dickerson, Haskell Wexler, Vittorio Storaro and the late Nester Almendros, to whom this film is dedicated.

DVD extra News Reel Men who film the world for you (Jimmy Taylor, 1922, UK)

USA, Japan | 1992 | colour and, black & white | 90 minutes | Various ratios | Region 2 DVD

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Visions of Light is not just for film buffs. In fact, if the presentation of the Oscar for Best Cinematography is your cue to take a bathroom break from the Academy Awards, then this exhilarating documentary will help you see movies in a whole new light. Named Best Documentary by the US National Society of Film Critics as well as several film-critic associations, Visions of Light traces the history and illuminates the art of cinematography. It profiles the cameramen who pioneered the visual language of cinema (such as DW Griffith's cameraman Billy Bitzer and Gregg Toland, who shot Orson Welles's Citizen Kane), as well as the masters they influenced, among them Néstor Alemendros (Days of Heaven), Vilmos Zsigmond (McCabe and Mrs. Miller) and Gordon Willis, the affectionately nicknamed "Prince of Darkness" who shot the Godfather films.

From Birth of a Nation to Blade Runner, from Gone with the Wind to GoodFellas, this feast for the eyes spans nearly a century with sequences from more than 125 movies made immortal by the artful use of light and shadow to realise the director's vision. William Fraker, who shot Rosemary's Baby, recalls filming the scene in which Ruth Gordon's sinister character is seen in a bedroom talking on the phone at the far end of a corridor. Director Roman Polanski suggested that Fraker move his camera so her body would be concealed by a door and audiences could only see her back. Fraker remembers later watching this scene in cinemas and seeing the audiences shift in their seats trying to peek around the door. --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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