Susan Chumsky
April 15, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Vision of Light: The Art of Cinematography

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

A compendium of some of the most gorgeous sequences ever filmed, Visions of Light is the ultimate big-screen movie. But even a TV screen can’t constrict the power of these images, captured by the visual masters who show off Welles, Polanski, and Scorsese — not to mention Garbo, Crawford, and Brando — in such a flattering light. In brief interviews, many of today’s best cinematographers rhapsodize about the clips (from Gregg Toland’s dusty squalor in The Grapes of Wrath to Vittorio Storaro’s color-soaked palace in The Last Emperor), helping less-trained eyes see more in them and sending us straight to the video store to view and re-view more amazing spectacles.

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