The cinematography of “the godfather” (1972) cinematographer: gordon willis won the 1973 academy award for best picture – here is a very nice interview with gordon willis on his work on “the godfather” last time i watched this movie i was struck by how few camera moves and tracking shots there were. List features the godfather, the godfather part ii and more this list can help answer the questions, who is gordon willis and what movies did gordon willis shoot almost all gordon willis cinematography credits are included while they usually don't operate the camera, cinematographers like gordon willis are said. Without trying to spoil the rest of the film for those readers who haven't watched the godfather yet, i can't recommend it enough to avid movie fans the directing by francis ford coppola, the cinematography, the acting performances by al pacino, marlon brando, robert duvall, james caan, etc are. Update: he shot the godfather trilogy and such woody allen classics as annie hall, manhattan, broadway danny rose and zelig. Rip: gordon willis, cinematography of the godfather, manhattan, all the president's men date monday, may 19, 2014 at 10:45pm here's one of my personal favorite critics, tim brayton, with a gracious crossposting of his lovely obituary for one of the greatest cinematographers who ever lived - nathaniel. The top light his primary weapon of choice was the top light he has two versions, the extremely soft version almost flat without any contrast and the hard version which acts as a 'butterfly' light in the godfather, he takes it to its most extreme, but only because he felt it was the right thing to do.
Free essay: mario puzo's the godfather was the first and most influential gangster movie that paved the way for gangster movies of the future. My friend stephen is both editor-in-chief and publisher of the american cinematographer, and has also recently finished writing a book about gordon this third post focuses on the wonderful cinematography of the godfather, part ii if you haven't read the previous posts about the first godfather,. The godfather released in 1972, redefined the gangster genre and won the academy award for best picture cinematographer gordon willis masterfully crafted shadows and created a unique look and feel with great lighting techniques throughout the film to create some truly intense scenes. The godfather, american gangster epic film, released in 1972, that was adapted from the 1969 best-selling novel by mario puzo and has been regarded as a masterpiece since its release its creative cinematography, haunting score, and unforgettable performances by such actors as marlon brando and al pacino made the.
Gordon willis, a master cinematographer whose work on “the godfather,” “ manhattan,” “annie hall,” “klute,” “all the president's men” and other seminal movies of the 1970s made his name synonymous with that pathbreaking decade in american moviemaking, died on sunday at his home in north. On the contrary, coppola's success occurred because his sensibility happened to coincide with several moods of his contemporary moment what coppola pursued, through that diptych's performances, composition, and cinematography, was a sense of style at a time when it seemed superfluous he lovingly recaptured a. 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. The greatest film ever to many people's eyes, it is francis ford coppola's film, the godfather, is truly a tour de force they say great movies should have a minimum of three great scenes and zero flaws – well, if that's the criteria, the godfather has surpassed it in spades not only is the film untainted by.
Iconic cinematographer gordon willis died early sunday at age 82 after a battle with cancer, surrounded by family at his cape cod home most famous for his distinctive cinematography work on francis ford coppola's godfather series, willis's also worked with woody allen on some of his great new york. In its cinematography the series always relied on cinematographer gordon willis just to give some bearings on that name for the uninitiated willis' resume includes the godfather trilogy (1972-1990), all the president's men (1976), annie hall (1977) and klute (1971) all of these are considered classics. Gordon hugh willis, jr, asc (may 28, 1931 – may 18, 2014) 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 and manhattan fellow cinematographer william a fraker called willis's work a milestone in visual. Nyfa looks back at the legendary career of cinematographer gordon willis who shot such films as manhattan and the godfather trilogy.
A god's eye shot of vito getting shot in the godfather cinematographer gordon willis had a very traditional eye as he said to film writer peter biskind in 1997, “it was a tableau movie, meaning there weren't a lot of contemporary mechanics introduced, like helicopters and a zoom lens” but francis. We examine how shadows help shape the characters in the godfather.
We examine how shadows help shape the characters in the godfather buy or rent the godfather on amazon: works cited & consulted: kon. The godfather may have been francis ford coppola's magnum opus, but often enough he found himself seceding power to his legendary collaborator, cinematographer gordon willis willis famously called for the film to be shot entirely from a character's point of view, with no zooms or use of modern. Gordon willis, the groundbreaking cinematographer who shot the godfather movies for francis ford coppola and annie hall and manhattan for woody allen , has died, american society of cinematographers president richard crudo confirmed monday he was 82 no other details were immediately.
Gordon willis is one of the truly great cinematographers of the second half of the 20th century, the man responsible for shooting everything from woody allen's manhattan and francis ford coppola's the godfather to such lesser-known (but also brilliantly lensed) movies such as hal ashby's the landlord. Often called “the prince of darkness” for his tendency to artfully cloak onscreen characters in ominous shadows, cinematographer gordon willis was the closest thing hollywood had to a rembrandt his playful visual style, daring use of chiaroscuro, and seemingly effortless ability to conjure a mood of. Francis ford coppola's classic film the godfather (1972) is responsible for almost all of your favorite darkly-lit and shadowed films.
Influential cinematographer gordon willis, whose photography for francis ford coppola's “the godfather” series and woody allen's “annie hall” and “ manhattan” helped define the look of 1970s cinema, died of cancer sunday in falmouth, mass he was 82 willis was known as the prince of darkness for. Gordon willis, the cinematographer whose expert use of light and shadow on such films as the godfather and manhattan earned him the nickname the prince of darkness, has died he was 82. As a result, the lighting and cinematography of the godfather are some of the best routes to understanding the philosophical and thematic undertones of the film, making willis in many opinions an equal architect of the final product alongside director francis ford coppola and writer mario puzo.