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Gordon Willis cinematographer of 'The Godfather' dead at 82

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Nov. 14, 2009. Cinematographer Gordon Willis arrives for the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2009 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. (The Associated Press)

One of Hollywood's most celebrated and influential cinematographers has died. Gordon Willis was 82.

Suzanne Berestecky of the Chapman Cole & Gleason funeral home in Falmouth confirmed Monday that he died and that the home is handling arrangements. Details on Willis' death were not immediately available.

Willis was nicknamed The Prince of Darkness for his subtle but indelible touch on such definitive 1970s releases as "The Godfather," ''Annie Hall" and "All the President's Men." He retired after the 1997 movie "The Devil's Own."

Through much of the 1970s, Willis was the cameraman whom some of Hollywood's top directors relied on during one of filmmaking's greatest eras. Francis Ford Coppola used him for the first two "Godfather" movies, and Alan J. Pakula for "Klute" and "All the President's Men."

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