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Godfather cinematographer Gordon Willis dies

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May 19, 2014 | 5:34am EDT

Gordon Willis, the cinematographer behind The Godfather trilogy, has died aged 82. Willis passed away on Sunday (18May14).

No further details of his death have been released. In a career spanning 50 years, Willis worked on films including End of the Road and Klute, but is best known for his long-running collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen.

He oversaw the cinematography on Coppola's classic Godfather films, and worked with Allen on movies including Annie Hall, Manhattan and Zelig. He received two Oscar nominations for Zelig and The Godfather: Part III, and was given an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 2010.

Paying tribute, American Society of Cinematographers President Richard Crudo says, "This is a momentous loss. He was one of the giants who absolutely changed the way movies looked."

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