The Prince of Darkness: A Tribute to Gordon Willis

Friday, August 29 – Thursday, September 4, 2014

In the spring of this year, the cinema world lost one of its great stylists. Gordon Willis, cinematographer on a slew of 1970s classics, passed away in May. He was called “the prince of darkness” because of his masterful control over shadow and light – the ambiguous inkiness of THE GODFATHER being the prime example – but he was equally at home shooting a relatively straightforward Woody Allen comedy. The Brattle welcomed Willis to our stage in 2006 and we were honored that he subsequently served as a member of our advisory board. In this brief tribute, we cover some of his most well known work as well as the wonderfully quirky PENNIES FROM HEAVEN that sees Willis, director Herbert Ross, screenwriter Dennis Potter, and star Steve Martin recreating the Depression Era musical through the jaundiced, cynical eye of the 1970s.

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The Godfather


The Godfather


The Godfather, Part II


The Parallax View


Klute


Annie Hall


Manhattan


Manhattan


Annie Hall


Pennies from Heaven