Visions of Light

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Visions of Light
Publicity poster
Directed byArnold Glassman
Todd McCarthy
Stuart Samuels
Written byTodd McCarthy
Produced byTerry Lawler
Yoshiki Nishimura
CinematographyNancy Schreiber
Edited byArnold Glassman
Distributed byKino International, CBS/FOX Video (home video)
Release date
  • 1992 (1992)
Running time
92 minutes
United States

Visions of Light is a 1992 documentary film directed by Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy and Stuart Samuels. The film is also known as Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography.[1]

The film covers the art of cinematography since the conception of cinema at the turn of the 20th century. Many filmmakers and cinematographers present their views and discuss why the art of cinematography is important within the craft of filmmaking.[2]


The film is the equivalent of a walk through a cinema museum. It includes interviews with many modern-day directors of photography and cinematographers, who illustrate via examples their best work and the scenes from films that influenced them to pursue their art. These subjects include Néstor Almendros, John Bailey, Conrad Hall, Michael Chapman, László Kovács.

Among the pioneers to whom they pay homage are Gregg Toland, Billy Bitzer, James Wong Howe and John Alton. The practitioners also explain the origins behind many of their most indelible images in cinema history.[3]

Cinematographer interviews[edit]


The filmmakers discuss the following films:


Visions of Light has an overall approval rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.[5]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Turner Classic Movies
  2. ^ Time Out
  3. ^ Variety
  4. ^ FilmAffinity
  5. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2010-09-05.

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