Visions of Light The Art of Cinematography (1992)

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A survey of the technical and artistic contribution made by cinematographers to the history and development of the cinema. Twenty-eight practitioners talk about their work and that of others. Includes well over a hundred film excerpts encompassing a visual history of mostly American films, from Billy Bitzer's `The Birth of a Nation' (1915) to Michael Ballhaus's `Goodfellas' (1990). The interviewees are: Nestor Almendros, John Alonzo, John Bailey, Michael Ballhaus, Stephen Burum, Bill Butler, Michael Chapman, Allen Daviau, Caleb Deschanel, Ernest Dickerson, Frederick Elmes, William A. Fraker, Conrad Hall, James Wong Howe, Victor J. Kemper, Laszlo Kovacs, Charles B. Lang Jr., Sven Nykvist, Lisa Rinzler, Owen Roizman, Charles Rosher, Sandi Sissel, Vittorio Storaro, Haskell Wexler, Robert Wise, Gordon Willis, Harry Wolf and Vilmos Zsigmond. The programme was originated in HDTV (High Definition Television) in an on-screen ratio of 14:9. The film clips were transferred from their original 35mm prints onto the new high definition format, and are presented in their original aspect ratios.

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