Pretty as a Midsummer Night’s…

22 May

Alas, famed cinematographer Gordon Willis passed away on Sunday at the age of 82. Willis first made a name for himself in the 1970s with such credits as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, and many films with Woody Allen, including Annie Hall, Interiors, and Manhattan. That’s three Best Picture winners in the bunch; however, Willis was never a favorite with the Academy though critics–and directors–loved him. He never won a competitive Oscar and was only nominated twice, yet he was ultimately honored for his body of work by the Academy in 2009. I originally wrote this piece, mostly as a celebration of him and his work on Allen’s A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy back in 2012, and now I repost it in his memory. Enjoy (I’ll be back soon!)

Confessions of a Movie Queen

Well, it doesn’t look like Michael and I will be going to Arkansas for a mini-vacation this year: we’ve gone there three of the past four summers, opting instead for a trek to Oklahoma in 2010.  Arkansas, of course, is beautiful, it’s not terribly expensive, and it’s just a great way to get out of the harsh concrete-ness that is Dallas and to soak up Mother Nature.  I think all of us at one time or another need to get out of the city and get out of our heads. Arkansas gives us the opportunity to do both, and it’s not so very far from home, so we can drive; flying is such a hassle. I really wanted to see the new Crystal Bridges museum in Arkansas (even with the Walmart connection), but the timing isn’t right. I’m lucky because I live in a nice walking neighborhood near a golf…

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