1. Light means a lot to me in life.

    — Master cinematographer Gordon Willis speaking with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross in 2002. He died this Sunday at the age of 82. 

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  1. Cinematographer Gordon Willis, who did the photography for The Godfather series and Woody Allen’s Annie Hall and Manhattan, has died. He was 82.

    Also known as the Prince of Darkness, Willis was not afraid of shadows in his images, often letting certain parts of the image fall into darkness — something that was considered unusual by studios (why would you put a movie star like Marlon Brando in the dark?!).  He served as the cinematographer on influential 1970s films including  Klute, The Paper Chase, The Parallax View and All the President’s Men.

    Roger Ebert wrote of Manhattan, “All of these locations and all of these songs would not have the effect they do without the widescreen black and white cinematography of Gordon Willis. This is one of the best-photographed movies ever made… Some of the scenes are famous just because of Willis’ lighting.” 

    His images were deceptively simple. In a recent interview Willis said:

    "We’re in a business where people perceive complexity as good. It’s not good. Complexity is not good. People don’t understand the elegance of simplicity. There are very few people left that do understand it. The whole idea is to take a sophisticated idea and reduce it to the simplest possible terms so that it’s accessible to everybody — and don’t get simple mixed up with simplistic. It’s how you mount and present something that makes it engaging…Simplistic is doing it badly…simple is your choices."

    You can listen to the Fresh Air interview with Gordon Willis here.

    Stills from Manhattan (1979, dir. Woody Allen), The Godfather (1972, dir. Francis Ford Coppola), and Gordon Willis with Francis Ford Coppola on the set of The Godfather Part III (1990)

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  1. Posted on 14 October, 2013

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    This isn’t real life.

    This isn’t real life.

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  1. David Edelstein reviews Woody Allen's latest film Blue Jasmine:

Here’s what still works for Allen: He continues to refine his technique. His movies are lighter, leaner, more fluid. Blue Jasmine is sour and derivative, but he sells it beautifully.

Image via Collider View in High-Res

    David Edelstein reviews Woody Allen's latest film Blue Jasmine:

    Here’s what still works for Allen: He continues to refine his technique. His movies are lighter, leaner, more fluid. Blue Jasmine is sour and derivative, but he sells it beautifully.

    Image via Collider

  2. Blue Jasmine

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    Film Review

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    Fresh Air

  1. Greta Gerwig talks to Terry Gross about working with one of her idols — Woody Allen — on his film To Rome with Love: 

Whenever you work with someone who you idolize, you realize … he’s just a person trying to make a movie as best he knows how and that doesn’t look so different from other people trying to do the same thing. And he’s wildly smart and brilliant and funny, but it’s moviemaking and there’s something kind of democratic about how difficult it is because everybody — whether you’re Woody Allen or Noah or P.T. Anderson — it’s hard. Making movies is a hard thing and it’s slow. So you can glorify the product, but the process is difficult no matter who you are.”

Image of Gerwig and Allen at the premiere for To Rome with Love via The Hollywood Reporter View in High-Res

    Greta Gerwig talks to Terry Gross about working with one of her idols — Woody Allen — on his film To Rome with Love:

    Whenever you work with someone who you idolize, you realize … he’s just a person trying to make a movie as best he knows how and that doesn’t look so different from other people trying to do the same thing. And he’s wildly smart and brilliant and funny, but it’s moviemaking and there’s something kind of democratic about how difficult it is because everybody — whether you’re Woody Allen or Noah or P.T. Anderson — it’s hard. Making movies is a hard thing and it’s slow. So you can glorify the product, but the process is difficult no matter who you are.”

    Image of Gerwig and Allen at the premiere for To Rome with Love via The Hollywood Reporter

  2. Fresh Air

    Interviews

    Greta Gerwig

    Noah Baumbach

    Woody Allen

    Frances Ha

    To Rome with Love

  1. Woody Allen by Bill Ray, 1966 via Pinterest

    Woody Allen by Bill Ray, 1966 via Pinterest

  2. afternoon photo break

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  1. Joan Rivers on some of the people she brought home to meet her parents:
I was bringing home Woody Allen before he was Woody Allen, Richard Pryor before he was Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin before she was Lily Tomlin. These are weird people walking up the driveway. This is not a nice boy from Yale. You ever shake Woody’s hand? Put your hand in a glass of water and then shake your hand. Woody was very weird and very brilliant, but they didn’t see that far.



Love and Death (1975) | Woody Allen

    Joan Rivers on some of the people she brought home to meet her parents:

    I was bringing home Woody Allen before he was Woody Allen, Richard Pryor before he was Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin before she was Lily Tomlin. These are weird people walking up the driveway. This is not a nice boy from Yale. You ever shake Woody’s hand? Put your hand in a glass of water and then shake your hand. Woody was very weird and very brilliant, but they didn’t see that far.

    Love and Death (1975) | Woody Allen

  2. Fresh Air

    Best of 2012

    Interviews

    Joan Rivers

    Woody Allen

  1. Woody Allen: The Fresh Air Interview: "In the problems of movie making, if you don’t solve your problem, all  that happens to you is that your movie bombs. So the movie is  terrible. So people don’t come to see it … This is hardly a terrible  punishment compared to what you’re given out in the real world of human  existence." View in High-Res

    Woody Allen: The Fresh Air Interview: "In the problems of movie making, if you don’t solve your problem, all that happens to you is that your movie bombs. So the movie is terrible. So people don’t come to see it … This is hardly a terrible punishment compared to what you’re given out in the real world of human existence."

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  1. There’s an old joke: uh, two elderly women are at a Catskills mountain resort, and one of ‘em says, “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other one says, “Yeah, I know, and such small portions.”

    Tomorrow: We rebroadcast an interview with Woody Allen, remember Etta James and hear a review of the new HBO series Luck.

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  1. Best Directors on Fresh Air
Alexander Payne, The Descendants Michel Hazanavicius, The ArtistMartin Scorsese, HugoWoody Allen, Midnight in Paris Terrence Malick, Tree of Life View in High-Res

    Best Directors on Fresh Air


    Alexander Payne, The Descendants
    Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
    Martin Scorsese, Hugo
    Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
    Terrence Malick, Tree of Life

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  1. Golden Globe Winners on Fresh Air:
Michelle Williams
Morgan Freeman
Woody Allen
Laura Dern
Homeland creator Howard Gordon
Idris Elba
Martin Scorsese
George Clooney
Alexander Payne (writer/director, The Descendants)
Also: host Ricky Gervais View in High-Res

    Golden Globe Winners on Fresh Air:

    Michelle Williams

    Morgan Freeman

    Woody Allen

    Laura Dern

    Homeland creator Howard Gordon

    Idris Elba

    Martin Scorsese

    George Clooney

    Alexander Payne (writer/director, The Descendants)

    Also: host Ricky Gervais

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  1. From the archives: Woody Allen

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  1. David Bianculli says the new PBS American Masters look at Woody Allen is “a smart, sometimes serious study of a smart, sometimes  serious filmmaker, and it rivals HBO’s recent two-part George Harrison  documentary as the best TV biography of the season.” View in High-Res

    David Bianculli says the new PBS American Masters look at Woody Allen is “a smart, sometimes serious study of a smart, sometimes serious filmmaker, and it rivals HBO’s recent two-part George Harrison documentary as the best TV biography of the season.”

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  1. David Edelstein reviews Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris: “Allen has made the lure of nostalgia the theme of his supernatural comedy Midnight in Paris, which might be why this is his best, most emotionally pure film in over a decade. It’s a romantic fantasy that’s also a sly act of self-criticism.” View in High-Res

    David Edelstein reviews Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris: “Allen has made the lure of nostalgia the theme of his supernatural comedy Midnight in Paris, which might be why this is his best, most emotionally pure film in over a decade. It’s a romantic fantasy that’s also a sly act of self-criticism.”

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  1. Posted on 1 December, 2010

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    ohletmego:

HAPPY B-DAY!

Happy Birthday, Woody!

    ohletmego:

    HAPPY B-DAY!

    Happy Birthday, Woody!

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    happy birthday!