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In an industry that more often than not celebrates mediocrity over true genius, Gordon Willis occupies a category separate from and above all others. It’s common knowledge among the informed that he stands beside D. W. Griffith, “Billy” Bitzer, John Ford, Orson Welles, and maybe a few others as one of the industry’s great originators. Just as those legendary figures did before him, he not only changed the way movies look, he changed the way we look at movies.

Though Gordon made his place in history with what are probably his best known films, “The Godfather” and “The Godfather: Part II,” the pattern for what he would achieve had been put to effect in a number of smaller, less heralded movies he shot during the previous couple of years. To look closely at any of them is to witness the evolution of a tremendously gifted artist: “End of the Road, »

- Richard Crudo, ASC

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