About this Episode
Gordon Willis is regarded by all of his peers as one of the greatest cinematographers in the history of film, and for many as the greatest of all time, period. Meeting with him only served to have him rise in our esteem from previous.
Without wanting to use hyperbole, between lensing The Godfather trilogy, many of Woody Allen’s best films (including Annie Hall, Manhattan, Stardust Memories, Interiors, and others) and several master thrillers for Alan J. Pakula (All the President’s Men, Klute, The Parallax View, The Devil’s Own, and others), Gordon Willis practically single-handedly re-invented the craft of cinematography and the nature by which films were and are composed, lit, and executed.
He has left an indelible mark on the craft of filmmaking and we are delighted to present him in a two part interview here. We hope you enjoy a small window into a great man’s achievements and approach.
2:00 – THE GODFATHER
7:30 – The formula… or not.
10:00 – Starting out in the business
10:45 – On Cutting
14:20 – The elegance of simplicity
16:20 – KLUTE
18:40 – MANHATTAN
23:00 – Being on the list
24:50 – The economics of cutting and dump truck directing
27:40 – ANNIE HALL
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