Legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis has died at 82. Called “the prince of darkness" by Francis Ford Coppola for his use of shadows and underexposure, Willis helped define the visual language of American films through his work with many notable directors through the ’70s and ’80s.
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Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.