The Godfather’ Cinematographer Gordon Willis Dies. Aged82

Cinematographer Gordon Willis, whose photography for “The Godfather” film series  helped define the look of 1970s cinema, has died, according to his close associate Doug Hart’s Facebook page. He was 82.

Gordon Willis  was known as the Prince of Darkness for his artful use of shadows, and he was the director of photography on seminal 1970s films including  “Klute,” “The Paper Chase,” “The Parallax View” and “All the President’s Men.”

Among the other films he shot were the Woody Allen films  “Interiors,” “Stardust Memories,” “Broadway Danny Rose,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and “Zelig,” for which he was Oscar-nominated.

His black and white photography for “Manhattan” made it one of cinema’s most visually stunning films.

Born in New York City, Gordons father worked as a make-up artist at the Warner Brothers Studio, and even though Willis was originally interested in lighting and stage design, he later turned to photography.

His first feature was “End of the Road” in 1970, and his last, Alan Pakula’s “The Devil’s Own” in 1997 starring Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford.

His talent shall be missed but his films live on .


Gordon Willis May 28 1931 – May 18 2014

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