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Castro Theatre honors legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis - July 15, 16, 22

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CASTRO THEATRE PAYS TRIBUTE TO LEGENDARY CINEMATOGRAPHER GORDON WILLIS - July 15, 16, 22

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The Castro Theatre honors the legendary master of light and shadow Gordon Willis, the Price of Darkness (1931-2014), possibly the most influential American cinematographer in history. On July 15, 16 and 22, the Castro Theatre will present some of the best of Mr. Willis' work in three programs—two double features and a special screening of Willis' magnum opus THE GODFATHER—highlighting his depth and range of work as a cinematographer, from the Woody Allen classic MANHATTAN to psychological thriller KLUTE with Jane Fonda, to the genre-defying dark musical PENNIES FROM HEAVEN with Steve Martin.

TUESDAY, JULY 15 DOUBLE FEATURE

MANHATTAN
Woody Allen's genuinely romantic ode to NYC follows the usual collection of intellectuals struggling with life, love, sex and multiple divorces. The third of eight collaborations with Allen, Willis' gorgeous black & white widescreen photography is flawlessly matched with the music of Gershwin. Woody stars with Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy and Mariel Hemingway. (7:00 p.m., 1979, 96 min, 35mm 'Scope)

+ KLUTE
Jane Fonda won the Oscar for Alan Pakula’s psychological thriller about a menaced New York call girl who reluctantly receives protection from obsessed private eye Donald Sutherland. Willis’ extremely textured photography was a game-changer in this abstracted update of noir conventions, later expanded upon by Pakula/Willis in The Parallax View and All the President's Men. (8:50 p.m., 1971, 114 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16

THE GODFATHER
Francis Ford Coppola’s first installment in his epic crime family saga was an unparalleled artistic success in the 1970s, with the work of Marlon Brando garnering much deserved praise. Yet as Michael Corleone, Al Pacino’s subtle transformation from seemingly reluctant successor to vengeful, paranoid tyrant is one of cinema’s most chilling character arcs. After being notoriously snubbed by the Academy for his radical visual approach on the first two installments, Willis was finally acknowledged with an Oscar nomination for Part III in 1991. James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and John Cazale round out the cast of this impeccable production. (5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 1972, 175 min, 35mm)

TUESDAY, JULY 22 DOUBLE FEATURE

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
Dennis Potter adapted his television series about a sheet music salesman in the Depression whose unhappy life is in sharp contrast to the cheery songs of the day. Elegantly designed and photographed with smashing production numbers, Herbert Ross' dark musical is thoroughly unusual. Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jessica Harper and a jaw-dropping Christopher Walken star. (7:00 p.m., 1981, 108 min, 35mm)

+ THE LANDLORD
A devastating satire, Hal Ashby’s outrageous directorial debut still feels daring, both stylistically and politically. Beau Bridges buys a row house in a New York City ghetto, planning to remodel the home once he has evicted its tenants, but finds all of his preconceptions tested when their lives become intertwined. Lee Grant and Diana Sands co-star. (9:05 p.m., 1970, 112 min, 35mm)

The Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before each show.
For further information, please visit castrotheatre.com.

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