Gordon Willis

Gordon Willis

Highest Rated: 100% Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

Lowest Rated: 0% Windows (1980)

Birthday: May 28, 1931

Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA

Born into a motion picture family (his father was a make-up artist at the Warner Bros. studio in Brooklyn), pioneering director of photography Gordon Willis began as a still photographer and spent four years in the motion picture unit of the US Air Force, photographing instructional films on topics ranging from survival in the jungle to how to use a machine gun. After military service, he worked in NYC as a cameraman on documentaries and commercials before getting his first opportunity to work as cinematographer on Aram Avakian's "The End of the Road" (1970, adapted from the novel by John Barth), for which he attracted some attention with the tour-de-force psychedelic montages he managed to execute at minimal expense. Though he drew praise for his color lensing on Hal Ashby's flashy directorial debut "The Landlord" (also 1970) and for his artfully composed shots in "Klute" (1971, his first of six collaborations with Alan J. Pakula) which masked off much of the frame width to emphasize a point, he first came to prominence for his contribution to Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather Part II" (1974). Although Willis retired in the late 1990s, he remained so respected among cinema fans that his 2014 death brought a slew of tributes and remembrances.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 100% Keepers of the Magic Himself (Character) - 2016
35% 41% The Devil's Own Cinematographer - 1997
57% 46% Malice Cinematographer $46M 1993
68% 78% The Godfather, Part III Cinematographer $64.5M 1990
60% 38% Bright Lights, Big City Cinematographer $15.7M 1988
57% 37% The Pick-Up Artist Cinematographer $11.6M 1987
48% 58% The Money Pit Cinematographer $30.9M 1986
100% 84% Broadway Danny Rose Cinematographer - 1984
100% 88% Zelig Cinematographer - 1983
0% 10% Windows Director - 1980
68% 78% Stardust Memories Cinematographer - 1980
96% 92% Manhattan Cinematographer - 1979
79% 79% Interiors Cinematographer - 1978
98% 92% Annie Hall Cinematographer - 1977
94% 92% All the President's Men Cinematographer - 1976
50% 50% The Drowning Pool Cinematographer - 1975
90% 78% The Parallax View Cinematographer - 1974
98% 97% The Godfather, Part II Cinematographer - 1974
98% 98% The Godfather Cinematographer $134.8M 1972
67% 82% Little Murders Cinematographer - 1971
93% 80% Klute Cinematographer - 1971
92% 78% The Landlord Cinematographer - 1970

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