The Cinematography of “The Godfather” (1972)

The Cinematography of “The Godfather” (1972)
Cinematographer: Gordon Willis
Won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Picture

Here is a very nice interview with Gordon Willis on his work on “The Godfather”. Last time I watched this movie I was struck by how few camera moves and tracking shots there were. Coppola/Willis were not afraid at all of static shots. Check it out sometime and pay particular attention to how many camera moves there are. Very interesting.


  • Fantastic.. thank you so much Evan for this great resource !

    February 17, 2010
  • Scrolling through this images I can see why they call him the Prince of Darkness!

    May 8, 2011
  • Mori

    let me say that I swear on the souls of my grandchildren that I don’t believe there is another godfather freak like me in this world.
    thank you so…….. much for your HQ pics.

    September 12, 2011
  • Έλλην

    Maybe that’s why it lost the Academy Award for Cinematography to ”Cabaret”, because of all those static shots weather in ”Cabaret” there was much more color and movement. Could you upload the cinematography of ”Cabaret”?

    April 24, 2013
    • evanerichards

      It didn’t exactly lose the Academy Award because it wasn’t even nominated! It’s crazy how so many people now consider it a turning point in how films were lit and yet it wasn’t even recognized in its day.

      I’m sure I’ll get around to Cabaret sooner or later. If it won an academy award for cinematography, it’s on my “to do” list.

      April 24, 2013

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