Chris & Don: A Love Story
Chris & Don: A Love Story (2007)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

A wonderfully crafted documentary about a most unusual long-term relationship

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

A great, revealing documentary; one of the best films released in 2008

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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

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

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

A charming, illuminating portrait of the complex and storied queer romance between Isherwood and Bachardy.

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

There are many reasons to see Chris & Don, but the best one I can think of is the chance to see Isherwood and his best friend W.H. Auden, probably the greatest poet of the twentieth century, jumping around together like middle-aged schoolboys in beguiling

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
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.
Sunil Jawahir
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… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Chris & Don: A Love Story" is a touching documentary about the decades-long relationship between writer Christopher… More
Alec Barniskis
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… More

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