His friend and fellow cameraman, Conrad Hall, dubbed him the Prince of Darkness. Cinematographer Gordon Willis is responsible for the look of some of the darkest thrillers of the 1970's; Klute, The Parallax View, and All the President's Men, to name a few. His significant contribution to eight Woody Allen films--from Annie Hall (1977) to The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)--enabled the director to expand beyond the flat, broad lighting of his earlier comedies, giving more weight to Allen's exploration of the darker shades of the human condition.
Willis' masterful lighting of Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather is one of the reasons the film is regarded as a modern masterpiece. He cloaks his images in darkness. The warm flesh tones of the characters stand out in stark relief against the shadowy contours of the frame. It is the visual equivalent of the moral ambiguity of the world they inhabit.
The Frida Cinema's Spring Fundraiser
Now we will get the chance to see Willis' cinematography as it's never been seen before. The Frida Cinema, as part of its Spring Fundraiser, is hosting a screening of The Godfather in a "stunning 4K restoration."
This Thursday, May 15. At 6pm there will be a brief reception and presentation at Diego's Downtown, just steps away from The Frida, before the screening at 8pm. After the film it's back to Diego's where you'll be able to enjoy their Thursday night concert series in a special VIP section set up especially for The Frida's Spring Fundraiser supporters.
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To read an earlier review of The Godfather, click here.
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