No film photographer like Gordon Willis has pushed the audience to the dark. Although black movies always explore the shadows of the world, there are always strong directional light sources that are directed to the most important parts of the picture.
Under the extreme precision of the composition and scheduling of the director, Francis Ford Coppola, Willis seems to question the basic rules of exposure and three-point lighting. His work is closer to literature than any other film at the time. Paintings from the revival period.
At the same time, Willis is not only the nickname of the Prince of Darkness, film photographer and friend Conrad Hall. In the first two films of the “Godfather” series, he used Kodachrome film to film the wedding scene, the love story of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in the sun-drenched Sicily. Then use IB technicolor, the IB is the abbreviation of imbibition, which can be translated as dyeing, and Technicolor is the color printing method introduced by the same company. It was almost synonymous with color film before the 1950s. The film “The Gone with the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz” were shot with this technique. The immigrant story of the young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) was filmed.
These incredible technologies are perfectly combined to produce the two most iconic films of all time.