Monday, 10 October 2011

Visions of Light

If you haven't seen this classic American Film Institute documentary, you should.

It takes you through 50 years of cinematrographic history; from black and white to colour, from no sound to sensurround, from naturalism to expressionism, from square formats to panavision and cinemascope.

It shows the full flowering of the Studio System in the 1930s, when every studio had its own lab and wanted to be distinctive.

It leaves you with a lasting impression of the inventiveness and passion of the people behind the camera.

"The director is the author of performance. The cinematographer is the author of the use of light and how it contributes to the story."

Visions of Light: Art of Cinematography [DVD] [1993] [US Import]

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