"This is a momentous loss," American Society of
Cinematographers President Richard Crudo told Deadline. "He was
one of the giants who absolutely changed the way movies looked."
Willis received an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 2010
and was nominated for best cinematography Academy Awards for
Allen's "Zelig" and "The Godfather: Part III."
But his work was credited with lending unique, often stunning
imagery to a roster of films ranging from the romance
"Manhattan" and lavish musical "Pennies From Heaven" to the
Watergate thriller "All the President's Men."
In thrillers such as Alan Pakula's "The Parallax View" and "Klute,"
for which Jane Fonda won her first Oscar, Willis' camera work
evoked a dream-like, fugue state that critics credited with
elevating the films to the status of classics.
The Queens, New York-born Willis worked often with "Godfather"
director Francis Ford Coppola, Pakula and especially, Allen,
with whom he made eight films. His films with Allen included the
black-and-white "Manhattan," "Annie Hall," "The Purple Rose of
Cairo," "Interiors," "Stardust Memories" and "Broadway Danny
His credits in the 1990s included "Presumed Innocent," "Malice"
and "The Devil's Own," the final film in a nearly three-decade
career, which was also Pakula's last directorial effort.
(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Paul Tait)
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