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Gordon Willis dies aged 82

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Godfather cinematographer Gordon Willis has died at the age of 82.

Gordon Willis received an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 2010 and was nominated for his work on Woody Allen’s Zelig and The Godfather: Part III.

Gordon Willis received an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 2010 and was nominated for his work on Woody Allen's Zelig and The Godfather: Part III

Gordon Willis received an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 2010 and was nominated for his work on Woody Allen’s Zelig and The Godfather: Part III

He was known in the industry as “the prince of darkness”, due to his unique lighting technique which created lots of shadows.

Gordon Willis was renowned for his striking imagery in films such as Woody Allen’s Manhattan – he made eight films with Allen – and All the President’s Men.

He was also the cinematographer on Alan J. Pakula’s Klute, for which Jane Fonda won her first Oscar.

Gordon Willis worked on several other Alan J. Pakula thrillers including The Devil’s Own, his final film in 1997, which was also Pakula’s last directorial outing.