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      Gordon Willis

      Gordon Willis

      Highest Rated: 100% Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      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

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      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% Keepers of the Magic Self - 2016
      37% 41% The Devil's Own Cinematographer - 1997
      57% 46% Malice Cinematographer $46.0M 1993
      66% 67% The Godfather, Part III Cinematographer $64.6M 1990
      60% 38% Bright Lights, Big City Cinematographer $15.7M 1988
      61% 37% The Pick-Up Artist Cinematographer $11.6M 1987
      50% 58% The Money Pit Cinematographer $30.9M 1986
      100% 84% Broadway Danny Rose Cinematographer - 1984
      97% 88% Zelig Cinematographer - 1983
      66% 78% Stardust Memories Cinematographer - 1980
      0% 10% Windows Director,
      Cinematographer
      - 1980
      94% 92% Manhattan Cinematographer - 1979
      67% 54% Comes a Horseman Cinematographer - 1978
      76% 79% Interiors Cinematographer - 1978
      97% 92% Annie Hall Cinematographer - 1977
      94% 92% All the President's Men Cinematographer - 1976
      53% 48% The Drowning Pool Cinematographer - 1975
      96% 97% The Godfather, Part II Cinematographer - 1974
      88% 78% The Parallax View Cinematographer - 1974
      97% 98% The Godfather Cinematographer $134.8M 1972
      93% 80% Klute Cinematographer - 1971
      71% 80% Little Murders Cinematographer - 1971
      No Score Yet 43% The People Next Door Cinematographer - 1970
      93% 79% The Landlord Cinematographer - 1970