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“Best Cinematography” is an Oscar that probably means very little to the average citizen who watches the annual Academy Award broadcast to find out who got Best Actor and Best Film. It means a lot more to industry insiders who know the value of the work, and is a winning buzz-subject for outsiders who want to sound knowledgeable.

But most of us could name only a handful of greats off the top of our head: Toland, Nykvist, Willis, Wexler. Visions of Light, a co-production of the American Film Institute and NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, attempts to heighten the general viewer’s understanding of cinematographers and their work. It offers more light than substance, perhaps, but is a lovely 95 minutes nonetheless.

Click here for the full review by David Loftus.

John Marsh on September 3rd, 2006 at 9:11 am 

the visual are great, the interviews a bit pedestrian and too straightforward. I’d have liked a more sophisticated guide to take us into the exploration of these artists just because the film makes me (anyway) hungry for more. Loftus review captures my experience viewing the film.

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