Visions of Light (1992)

2014 #33
Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy & Stuart Samuels | 90 mins | TV | 16:9 | USA & Japan / English | PG

Visions of LightCinematographers discuss cinematography in this AFI-produced documentary. Initially a whistlestop history of film photography, it segues into analysis of movies the interviewed DPs had shot. Unfortunately, casual film fans may judge it monotopical, while hardened cineastes may find it a haphazard, Hollywood-centric overview.

However, there’s real delight to be found in the clips, and the discoveries you can make through them. It opens with an extended section on David Lean’s Oliver Twist, which in my experience is mainly discussed for Alec Guinness’ Fagin, but on this evidence is visually awe-inspiring. This showcasing, plus a smattering of insights, redeem any imperfections.

4 out of 5

In the interests of completing my ever-growing backlog, I decided to post ‘drabble reviews’ of some films. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a drabble is a complete piece of writing exactly 100 words long.

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