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Birth Name: Gordon Willis
Born: 05/28/1931
Birth Place: Astoria, New York, USA
Died: 05/18/2014

While filming "The Godfather", Willis used counter-culture visual techniques such as overhead lighting, force developing and low key interiors. Sometimes characters' eyes were not visible in this low light (when appropriate, the eyes burned through) as Willis showed the shadowy world of evil in contrast to the light of goodness. Paramount execs freaked when they first viewed "The Godfather", considering it altogether too dark, not understanding the emotional power in the new look. He also created a golden amber patina to bathe both the Sicilian countryside and the streets of Little Italy in a rich, nostalgic glow, a technique which immediately became a visual metaphor for a period look. For ... Continue Bio >>


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