"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

The Prince of Darkness


R.I.P. Gordon Willis. 


1 Matt Blankman   ~  May 19, 2014 10:12 am

It's funny - the first things that come to mind for Willis for most folks are the GODFATHER films and his work with Woody Allen, but he shot 6 movies for Alan Pakula, too. His work on THE PARALLAX VIEW and ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN was stunning.

2 RagingTartabull   ~  May 19, 2014 10:47 am

He was just so good. There's nothing else to say, really. The best.

3 Alex Belth   ~  May 19, 2014 10:52 am

I need to see THE PARALLAX VIEW again. I don't remember it. MANHATTAN is his most elegant work for the Wood Man but I like the way ANNIE HALL and BROADWAY DANNY ROSE look, too. Nice work on PENNIES FROM HEAVEN as well.

4 MSM35   ~  May 19, 2014 12:43 pm

I never noticed cinematography until Godfather 2. Wow.

5 Greg G   ~  May 19, 2014 3:47 pm

Manhattan is one of my favorite movies of all time in regards to cinematography and maybe #1.

Having grown up in NY and visited a lot of those sites in the 70's it brings it all back for me. The fireworks in black and white and Gershwin in the beginning is one of my favorite 4 minutes in film.

He was a gifted artist, and worked on some of the most important films of the 70's and early 80's.

6 RagingTartabull   ~  May 19, 2014 4:04 pm

Godfather II, especially the Tahoe scenes, is just so damn DARK. I remember the first time I saw on a scratchy VHS copy and having to re-watch scenes to decipher what the hell was going on. For the longest time I wasn't sure if Senator Geahry had facial hair or not. But I love it.

How about this gem? Oh man so much of it is so good!!

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