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‘The Godfather’ 50th Anniversary: Why Gordon Willis Changed Cinematography Forever (IndieWire)

Jim Hemphill

April 14, 2022

17 directors of photography spoke with IndieWire about the continuing resonance of Gordon Willis' shadowy, practically lit cinematography

“The Godfather” celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Willis’ work continues to inform the ways in which cinematographers approach their work; look no further than Greig Fraser’s character and psychology-driven lighting on “The Batman” for proof. On the occasion of a new 4K release that includes restorations of the three “Godfather” pictures (all photographed by Willis) and abundant supplementary features, IndieWire reached out to 17 working directors of photography to ask them why they thought “The Godfather” had such an impact and continued to resonate.

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