Chris & Don (2007)



Critic Consensus: Chris and Don paints an affecting, enlightening portrait of a one-of-a-kind love affair.

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Guido Santi and Tina Mascara's documentary Chris and Don. A Love Story traces the romantic relationship between writer Christopher Isherwood and painter Don Bachardy. The filmmakers utilize interviews with Don himself, as well as personal documents belonging to Isherwood, in order to show how the duo nurtured each other's artistic instincts while establishing a deep emotional bond that survived even after Isherwood's passing.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest , Gay & Lesbian
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Michael York
as Christopher Isherwood
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Critic Reviews for Chris & Don

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (20)

Despite an age difference of 30 years, their connection was immediately electric; their first kiss, the story goes, broke a window.

August 1, 2008
Seattle Times
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Surprisingly, this 2007 documentary about their 34-year relationship becomes more engrossing as its focus shifts from Isherwood to Bachardy...

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Chicago Reader
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There's a bit of Pygmalion meets The Portrait of Dorian Gray to it, and yet part of the documentary's slyness involves probing those aspects while never losing sight of the pain and glories of any emotional relationship that lasts as long as

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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With delectable-looking home movies of the couple's travels in California and Europe, Chris and Don offers an intimate portrayal of a passionate, enduring association, as well as a social history of postwar life.

Full Review… | July 24, 2008
Washington Post
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Santi and Mascara are right to call their film A Love Story, because this is the portrait of a marriage as full and enviable as the greatest unions in literature.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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A charming, illuminating portrait of the complex and storied queer romance between Isherwood and Bachardy.

July 2, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Chris & Don

I really don't like the stereotypes, but what more could have been expected in emotionally hobbled earlier eras? Sad and uplifting at the same time.

Christian C
Christian C

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More than anything its just a sweet story about two people terribly in love with each other. Without overstating it, the film shows that all people regardless or sex, class, race, or sexual orientation all go through the same things in relationships. I would have liked a more in depth portrait of Isherwood, but still the film is adequate.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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This was a very well-made documentary but I did feel a bit uncomfortable about Chris and Don's relationship - not so much the age difference itself but the fact that it began at 16 and 46.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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