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Visions of light - the art of cinematography

by FirstFeatures
Visions of light - the art of cinematography by FirstFeatures
Films from the Documentary, Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography. Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the DP (director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from “Birth of a Nation” to “Do the Right Thing”. (from Mubi.com) Listed in order of their appearance in the film. The names of the cinematographers, and sections in the film are listed below: IN THE BEGINNING Oliver Twist, 1947, Guy Greene The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942, Stanley Cortez How Green was My Valley, 1941, Arthur Miller Peter Ibbetson, 1935, Charles B. Lang EARLY DAYS Birth of a Nation, 1915, Billy… Read more

Films from the Documentary, Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography.

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the DP (director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from “Birth of a Nation” to “Do the Right Thing”. (from Mubi.com)

Listed in order of their appearance in the film. The names of the cinematographers, and sections in the film are listed below:

IN THE BEGINNING
Oliver Twist, 1947, Guy Greene
The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942, Stanley Cortez
How Green was My Valley, 1941, Arthur Miller
Peter Ibbetson, 1935, Charles B. Lang

EARLY DAYS
Birth of a Nation, 1915, Billy Bitzer
The Cameraman, 1928, Elgin Lessley and Reggie Lanning
The Crowd, 1928, Henry Sharp
Way Down East, 1920, Billy Bitzer
Ben Hur, 1926, Karl Struss

THE GERMAN EXPRESSIONISTS
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1919, Willi Hameister
The Last Laugh, 1924, Karl Freund
Sunrise, 1927, Charles Rosher and Karl Struss

THE ARRIVAL OF SOUND
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931 Karl Struss
Applause,1929, George J. Folsey Jr.
The Cocoanuts,1929, George J. Folsey Jr.

THE STUDIO LOOK (1930s-1940s)
Gold Diggers of 1933, Sol Polito
What Price Hollywood?, 1932, Charles Rosher
The Seahawk, 1940, Sol Polito
Possessed, 1931, Oliver T. Marsh
Jezebel, 1938, Ernest Haller
Red Dust, 1932, Harold Rosson
Camille, 1936, William H. Daniels
As You Desire Me, 1931, William H. Daniels
Queen Christina, 1934, William H. Daniels
Shanghai Express, 1932, Lee Garmes
Desire, 1936, Charles B. Lang
Midnight, 1939, Charles B. Lang
The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942, Stanley Cortez
How Green Was My Valley, 1941, Arthur Miller
Rebecca, 1940, George Barnes

GREGG TOLAND
The Long Voyage Home, 1940, Gregg Toland
The Grapes of Wrath, 1940, Gregg Toland
Citizen Kane, 1941, Gregg Toland

FILM NOIR
The Killers, 1946, Woody Bredell
Out Of The Past, 1947, Nicholas Musuraca
Mildred Pierce, 1945, Ernest Haller
T-Men, 1947, John Alton
The Big Combo, 1955, John Alton
Touch of Evil, 1958, Russell Metty

COLOR
The Wizard Of Oz, 1939, Harold Rosson
The Red Spectre, 1907
Intolerance, 1916, Billy Bitzer
Mystery of the Wax Museum, 1933, Ray Rennahan
Becky Sharp, 1935, Ray Rennahan
The Adventures of Robin Hood, 1938, Tony Gaudio and Sol Polito
Gone With The Wind, 1939, Ernest Haller, Ray Rennahan, and Lee Garmes
Meet Me In St. Louis, 1944, George J. Folsey Jr.

BLACK & WHITE
Night of The Hunter, 1955, Stanley Cortez

CINEMATOGRAPHERʼS CRAFT
Sweet Smell of Success, 1957, James Wong Howe
Hud, 1963, James Wong Howe
Picnic, 1956, James Wong Howe & Haskell Wexler (2nd Unit Camera)

MOVIES GET WIDER
Lawrence of Arabia, 1962, Freddie Young

EUROPEAN INFLUENCES
Jules & Jim, 1962, Raoul Coutard
Napoleon, 1927, Jules Kruger
The Graduate, 1967, Robert Surtees

POST STUDIO SYSTEM (1960s – 1970s)
The Conformist, 1969, Vittorio Storaro
Easy Rider, 1969, Laszlo Kovacs
Cool Hand Luke, 1967, Conrad Hall
Fat City, 1972, Conrad Hall
Day of the Locust, 1975, Conrad Hall
The Professionals, 1966, Conrad Hall, Charles D. Rosher, and William A. Fraker (Camera
Operator)
In Cold Blood, 1967, Conrad Hall
Whoʼs Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966, Haskell Wexler
McCabe and Mrs. Miller, 1971, Vilmos Zsigmond
Rosemaryʼs Baby, 1968, William A. Fraker

NEW YORK STYLE
Young Man With a Horn, 1950, Ted McCord
Naked City, 1948, William Daniels
On The Waterfront, 1954, Boris Kaufman
Midnight Cowboy, 1969, Adam Holendar
Dog Day Afternoon, 1975, Victor J. Kemper
Taxi Driver, 1976, Michael Chapman
The French Connection, 1971, Owen Roizman

GORDON WILLIS
Annie Hall, 1977, Gordon Willis
The Godfather, 1972, Gordon Willis
The Godfather, Part II, 1974, Gordon Willis

NEW ADVANCEMENTS (1970s-1990s)
Chinatown, 1974, John Alonzo
Jaws, 1975 Bill Butler and Michael Chapman (Camera Operator)
Days of Heaven, 1978, Nestor Almendros and Haskell Wexler (2nd Unit Camera)
Raging Bull, 1980, Michael Chapman
Apocalypse, Now, 1979, Vittorio Storaro and Stephen H. Burum (2nd Unit Camera)
The Last Emperor, 1987, Vittorio Storaro
The Last Temptation of Christ, 1988, Michael Ballhaus
Goodfellas, 1990, Michael Ballhaus
Eraserhead, 1976, Frederick Elmes
Blue Velvet, 1986, Frederick Elmes
Do The Right Thing, 1989, Ernest Dickerson

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