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213 Ratings

Visions of Light

Japan, United States, 1992


Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the DP (director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from “Birth of a Nation” to “Do the Right Thing”.

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Visions of Light Directed by Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels

Awards & Festivals

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1993 | Winner: Best Documentary

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1994 | Winner: Best Documentary

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

1993 | Winner: Best Documentary

Critics reviews

At least a dozen of these clips, I’m happy to say, are from silent pictures, but only three clips from talkies -– I’m less happy to say -– are from foreign-language movies: Truffaut’s Jules and Jim and Day for Night and Bertolucci’s The Conformist… But this caveat aside, the film does an exemplary job of exploring its subject.
August 06, 1993
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