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Cinematographer on many of the great film classics of the 1970s, including Klute, The Godfather and Annie Hall

The cinematographer Gordon Willis, who has died aged 82, will always be associated with one decade, the 1970s, and three directors, Alan Pakula, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen. Willis was the director of photography of all three men's breakthrough movies: Klute (1971), The Godfather (1972) and Annie Hall (1977) respectively. Though all three movies won Oscars, Willis was not granted even a nomination for them. The only Academy Award he received was an honorary one in 2009 "for unsurpassed mastery of light, shadow, colour and motion".

He was a favourite of Allen, who used him on eight pictures, and of Pakula, for whom he made six films, including All the President's Men (1976). His relationship with Coppola, with whom he shot only the three Godfather movies, for the sake of aesthetic consistency, was less cordial.

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