Bear in mind that Cinematographer isn’t really an encompassing documentary about “the art of filmmaking” as touted on the cover. Nor is it a retrospective of the history of cinematography.
In fact, the film is mostly about one guy: Donald M. Morgan, a longtime director of photography and cameraman with a prolific career in both movies and television. Some of the best-known films he worked on include Christine, Starman, Used Cars, Seven, 1941 and a slew of TV productions. However, this is only partially about his time behind the camera.
While Morgan himself has a lot of entertaining anecdotes about his job - including how he stumbled into the business before he really even knew what he was doing - a good portion of the film focuses on his recovery from alcoholism. Not only that, he used his struggle to inspire friends and associates to battle their own chemical demons, as confirmed through numerous interviews with those who know him well.
|"...and there's Bob Zemeckis, whose ass I kicked back in '78."|