The film industry lost a legend earlier this week when master cinematographer Gordon Willis, known for his work with Francis Ford Coppola, Alan Pakula and Woody Allen, died at age 82.
As the DP on iconic 70s films such as “Klute,” “The Parallax View” and “All the President’s Men,” as well as “The Godfather,” Willis created a heightened sense of tension with his dramatic lighting and use of shadows. Later in the decade, with Allen’s “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan,” Willis helped to cement the iconography of New York City on film.
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“Gordon Willis is a major influence for me and many cinematographers of my generation,” Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Darius Khondji,
who has also worked regularly with Allen, told Indiewire. “But the modernity of his work will influence the generations of filmmakers to come just as much. He had a major importance on this new American Cinema in the seventies.”
Below, watch “The New York Times” film critic A.O. Scott’s video tribute to Willis, in which he highlights the significant role Willis played in creating the look of ‘The Godfather” as well as some of Allen’s classic films, including “Manhattan” and “Annie Hall.”