'Godfather' cinematographer Gordon Willis dies

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 5:06 PM

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — One of Hollywood's most celebrated and influential cinematographers has died. Gordon Willis was 82.

His wife, Helen, said he died of cancer on Sunday at their Cape Cod home.

Willis was nicknamed The Prince of Darkness for his subtle but indelible touch on such definitive 1970s releases as "The Godfather," ''Annie Hall" and "All the President's Men." He retired after the 1997 movie "The Devil's Own."

Through much of the 1970s, Willis was the cameraman whom some of Hollywood's top directors relied on during one of filmmaking's greatest eras. Francis Ford Coppola used him for the first two "Godfather" movies, and Alan J. Pakula for "Klute" and "All the President's Men."

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