Cinematographer Gordon Willis Has Died at 82

Gordon Willis died

The man who did more than any other to influence the entire art of cinematography through a single film was Gordon Willis. The Godfather broke every classical “rule” in the book, and much of its impact can be attributed to the unusual but intuitive approach Willis took to photographing the film. In many scenes Willis used as little illumination as possible. In doing so he invited us to lean forward, to peer into the eyes of characters with blackened souls. We may have recoiled when we saw what was truly in the heart of Michael Corleone, but we could never look away. Willis painted with shadow, and for it earned a loving nickname that was better suited to Michael Corleone: the Prince of Darkness.

Now Gordon Willis has died at the age of 82. A cause of death has not been released, but Willis’ passing has been confirmed by American Society of Cinematographers president Richard Crudo. Read More »

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The best part of collecting pop culture art is the moment you see a piece that speaks to you. The moment when an artist created a work for a teeny, tiny film that you loved growing up and now there it is, perfectly represented, and you just have to own it. Personally, this has happened multiple times with the work of artists Jeff Boyes, Joshua Budich and Jay Shaw. These three super-talented, super-deserving, but not-yet-super-famous artists are collaborating in a new exhibition that opens Thursday at Gallery 1988‘s Venice, CA location.

In it, films like Teen Wolf, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Thrashin’ (yes, the Josh Brolin skateboarding movie), Akira, Jaws, Masters of the Universe, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Klute are just a few of the properties on display. OK, they’re not tiny movies, but still. Check out the images after the jump and find out more about the show. Read More »

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