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Cinematographer Gordon Willis dies at 82

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Gordon Willis
Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection

Gordon Willis, the cinematographer and director of photography best known for his shadowy work in the Godfather series and a slew of Woody Allen’s best-known films — including Annie Hall and Manhattan — has died. He was 82.

“This is a momentous loss,” American Society of Cinematographers president Richard Crudo told Deadline late Sunday night, confirming Willis’s passing. “He was one of the giants who absolutely changed the way movies looked. Up until the time of The Godfather 1 and 2, nothing previously shot looked that way. He changed the way films looked and the way people looked at films.”

We’ll be posting a full obituary later in the day. In the meantime, watch Willis discussing his unique style in this video interview from 2013: