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Gordon Willis (I) (1931–2014)


Gordon Willis was an American cinematographer. He is best known for his work on Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather series as well as Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979). His work in the first two Godfather films turned out to be groundbreaking in its use of low-light photography and underexposed film, as well as in his control of... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Zelig
Zelig Cinematographer
(1983)
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather: Part II Cinematographer
(1974)
Manhattan
Manhattan Cinematographer
(1979)
All the President's Men
All the President's Men Cinematographer
(1976)

Filmography

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 1997 The Devil's Own (director of photography)
 1993 Malice (director of photography)
 1990 Presumed Innocent (director of photography)
 1988 Bright Lights, Big City (director of photography)
 1986 The Money Pit
 1985 Perfect
 1984 The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck (TV Movie)
 1983 Zelig
 1982 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (director of photography)
 1981 Pennies from Heaven (director of photography)
 1980 Stardust Memories (director of photography)
 1980 Windows
 1979 Manhattan (director of photography)
 1978 Interiors (director of photography)
 1977 The Godfather: A Novel for Television (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1977)
- Episode #1.3 (1977)
- Episode #1.2 (1977)
- Episode #1.1 (1977)
 1977 September 30, 1955 (director of photography)
 1977 Annie Hall (director of photography)
 1976 All the President's Men (director of photography)
 1975 The Drowning Pool (director of photography)
 1974 The Godfather: Part II (director of photography)
 1972 Up the Sandbox (director of photography)
 1972 Bad Company
 1972 The Godfather (director of photography)
 1971 Klute (director of photography)
 1971 Little Murders (director of photography)
 1970 The People Next Door (director of photography)
 1970 The Landlord
 1970 Loving
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Personal Quote:

[on "ruining" footage to create the look of time-ravaged 1920s newsreels] "The lack of perfection, that's the hardest quality of all, because you're fighting your instincts. You're trained to want to do things perfectly." See more »

Trivia:

In a spectacular seven-year period from 1971 to 1977, seven of the films he worked on as director of photography accumulated 39 Oscar nominations with 19 wins. Among these wins were three Best Picture winners (The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Annie Hall (1977)) and six for acting (Jane Fonda, Marlon Brando, John Houseman, Robert De Niro, Jason Robards and Diane Keaton). ... See more »

Trademark:

Known in the industry as "The Prince of Darkness", due to his lighting technique of using shadows and often not allowing a character's eyes to be seen clearly (The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Parallax View (1974)). See more »

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Star Sign:

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