Tuesday 16 January 2018

'Godfather' cinematographer Gordon Willis dies aged 82

Director Gordon Willis has died aged 82 (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Director Gordon Willis has died aged 82 (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

One of Hollywood's most celebrated and influential cinematographers, Gordon Willis, has died at the age of 82.

His wife, Helen, said he died of cancer on Sunday at their home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Willis was nicknamed The Prince of Darkness for his subtle but indelible touch on such definitive 1970s releases as The Godfather, Annie Hall and All the President's Men.

He retired after the 1997 movie The Devil's Own.

Through much of the 1970s, Willis was the cameraman some of Hollywood's top directors relied on during one of film-making's greatest eras.

Francis Ford Coppola used him for the first two Godfather movies, while he also lensed Klute and All the President's Men for Alan J Pakula as well as Woody Allen's Annie Hall and Manhattan.

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