The ‘Prince of Darkness’ – Gordon Willis 1931 -2014

 

‘The Prince of Darkness’ a non-linear documentary about the work of Gordon Willis is being developed by Alias Studio.

Gordon Willis was an American cinematographer best known for his work on Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather series as well as Woody Allen’s Annie Hall and Manhattan.

Willis didn’t work on that many movies, relative to other cinematographers of his generation.

He started in feature films late, lensing director Aram Avakian’s controversial 1970 establishment take-down End Of The Road at age 38, after spending years as a cameraman-for-hire in New York; and Willis worked on his last film, The Devil’s Own, in 1997, deciding that he had no patience for the direction that cinema was heading.

But between 1970 and 1985 in particular, Willis joined the likes of Haskell Wexler, Néstor Almendros, Vilmos Zsigmond, Sven Nykvist, and Michael Ballhaus as part of a wave of cinematographers who were changing the way cinema looked, playing with lighting and film stock to give images a more tactile quality.

One critic suggested that “more than any other director of photography, Willis defined the cinematic look of the 1970s.”

 

 

 

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