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Chris & Don. A Love Story (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Romance | 13 June 2008 (USA)
The love story between British writer, Christopher Isherwood (whose book 'The Berlin Stories' inspired the musical and film Cabaret) and Don Bachardy, American portrait artist.

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W.H. Auden ...
Himself (archive footage)
Don Bachardy ...
Himself
Ted Bachardy ...
Himself
James Berg ...
Himself (as Jim Berg)
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Himself
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Himself (archive footage)
Katherine Bucknell ...
Herself
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Herself
Eduardo Correia ...
Ahmed
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Himself (archive footage)
Chris Freeman ...
Himself
Charlie Gordon ...
First Dinner Guest
Kenneth Grimes ...
Paul Bowles (as Ken Grimes)
Sara S. Hodson ...
Herself
Evelyn Hooker ...
Herself (archive footage)
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Depicts the remarkable life of artist Don Bachardy and his relationship with the distinguished writer Christopher Isherwood. Includes footage shot by Chris and Don in the 1950s and interviews with Leslie Caron, John Boorman, Liza Minnelli, and others. Isherwood and Bachardy were open about their life together, regardless of the waves it caused. This was during a period when gay relationships were not acceptable. The age difference in their relationship brought obvious personal problems that had to be addressed. Don often felt disregarded by Chris's famous friends and frequently was. Nevertheless, Bachardy pursued his art career with great energy, painting and drawing every day. Finding a vocation gave Don a sense of fulfillment and independence. He began to realize that he could function independently, which made him question whether he wanted to stay with Isherwood. Don toyed with leaving the relationship and striking out on his own, however he decided not to as he realized his love ... Written by Asphalt Stars Productions

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A beautiful portrait
26 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It looks like we will finally be able to watch this masterpiece documentary in theaters as distributor Zeitgeist has picked up the Miami Festival winner for a limited release. Produced by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara, a team of longtime documentary authors whose "Mandala" revealed a few years ago a very sophisticated talent in visual storytelling, "Chris & Don" is the love story between famous playwright Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy in the golden years of Hollywood, with exclusive interviews and footage with actors and other personalities. Although Isherwood and Bachardy's was a homosexual love during a time when these relationships were looked at with criticism even in the more liberal California, the movie is somehow capable of setting the sexual factor aside and focus instead on the depth of the protagonists' personality. By the end of the movie you feel so intimate with both, that it is almost natural to want to know more about them and their art. A refined, well directed portrait and an opportunity for exemplary film-making that should easily captivate audiences.


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