Chris & Don: A Love Story (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 2007.  Asphalt Stars Productions.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Tina Mascara, Guido Santi.

In 1960, 46 year-old celebrated author and British ex-patriate  met 16 year-old Californian  and the two had an immediate attraction…obviously. Yet don’t be too quick to judge; when the two became a couple they started on the pathway of a romance that lasted the rest of Isherwood’s life, and as we see from this heartfelt documentary, will continue burning in Bachardy’s heart for the rest of his. This expert film gives us a succinct but full encapsulation of Isherwood’s life, loves and career before getting to where he and Bachardy met, at which point filmmakers Tina Mascara and Guido Santi rely on the man himself for testimony. Bachardy talks about Isherwood as writer, lover and friend, a man who not only adored his younger partner but proudly fostered his artistic career (Bachardy has for many years now has had impressive success as a painter). Told with just the right amounts of comedy, tragedy and romance, this is an affecting portrait of love at its most successful. Plus it has a cameo by !

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