Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography

Institute History

  • 1993 Sundance Film Festival


The premise of this wonderfully engaging documentary is simple: sit a number of the world's best cinematographers in front of a camera for a change, have them talk about· their work on some of the enduring classics of world cinema, excerpt clips to illustrate what they're talking about, and ask them to cite some of their influences. What results is completely hypnotic. The list of great cinematographers who are interviewed is endless. Vittorio Storaro, Conrad Hall, Gordon Willis, Nestor Almendros, Vilmos Zsigmond, Haskell Wexler, Michael Ballhaus. Sven Nykvist, Laszlo Kovacs and others talk at length about their working relationships with directors like Bertolucci, Woody Allen, Coppola, Malick, Scorsese, and Polanski, whilst reminiscing about those who went before and shot Garbo and Dietrich. The clips create an instant appetite to reacquaint oneself with the joys of The Conformist, Days of Heaven, The Godfather, Chinatown, Easy Rider and a host of other classics. This documentary will leave you wishing that it was at least twice as long.

Friday Jan 22 10:15 am
Holiday Village Cinema II

Tuesday Jan 26 3:00 pm
Prospector Square Theatre

Thursday Jan 21 1:30 pm
Holiday Village Cinema III


— Piers Handling, Toronto Film Festival

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