Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1992)


visions of light“I understood at that moment that cinema really has no nationality.” – Vittario Storaro

Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Aug 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A documentary about the history and imagination of the profession of cinematographer.

My Take on it – When I heard about this documentary I was quite pleased because despite loving watching movies, I don’t know much about the technical side of movie making.

I had hoped that this movie would help to educate me more about the profession, but instead I was able to hear Cinematographers discussing how great other cinematographers were because they did this and that when making a certain movie

I felt that during a majority of the movie, I was being talked over instead of talked to because it as geared more to people who understand the craft much more than I do.

I understand and appreciate the fact that the use of lights and lenses when filming make us see and think things subliminally, but in the end this kind of movie really isn’t for people like me.

Bottom Line – Was interesting to watch, but still don’t completely understand most of the technical aspects of moviemaking. They discussed many of the techniques used over the years but it just isn’t a field of study that I have much of a desire to understand and found it to be too oriented for those who already understand the craft.

MovieRob’s Favorite 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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