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Chris and Don: A Love Story2007

  • 4.3
The true-life story of the passionate three-decade relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood (whose "Berlin Stories" was the basis for all incarnations of the much-beloved CABARET) and American portrait painter Don Bachardy, thirty years his junior. From Isherwood's Kit-Kat-Club years in Weimar-era Germany (the inspiration for his most famous work) to the couple's first meeting on the sun-kissed beaches of 1950s Malibu, their against-all-odds saga is brought to dazzling life by a treasure trove of multimedia. Bachardy's contemporary reminiscences (in the Santa Monica home he shared with Isherwood until his death in 1986) artfully interact with archival footage, rare home movies (with glimpses of glitterati pals W.H. Auden, Igor Stravinsky and Tennessee Williams), reenactments and, most sweetly, whimsical animated sequences based on the cat-and-horse cartoons the pair used in their personal correspondence. With Isherwood's status as an out-and-proud gay maverick and Bachardy's eventual artistic triumph away from the considerable shadow of his life partner, CHRIS AND DON: A LOVE STORY is above all a joyful celebration of a most extraordinary couple.

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"Isherwood and Bachardy's story features cameos by a galaxy of literary and cinema stars, but few are as impressive as the protagonists, who defied the conventions of their times by living openly as a happy, well-adjusted couple." - Noel Murray, AV Club


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A simply beautiful story of living life to its fullest, regardless of the narrow minded stigma society has cast..... Bravo!! Brovo!! Viva!!! Salut'e!! Christopher and Don !!!! You are true pioneers of your time , my time and for future generations...... and for that I say, Thank You kind Sir's.....my hat off to you both!!

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A simply beautiful story of living life to its fullest, regardless of the narrow minded stigma society has cast..... Bravo!! Brovo!! Viva!!! Salut'e!! Christopher and Don !!!! You are true pioneers of your time , my time and for future generations...... and for that I say, Thank You kind Sir's.....my hat off to you both!!

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Age difference was a big factor of this relationship. But we can learn from this by nurturing each others strengths and weaknesses, it is called unconditional love. I hope some day I can have a nurturing relationship with a man no matter what age,no matter where they came from. The bottom line is "love" and age has no boundaries or barriers.

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This movie was great! Honest love story no matter what the age. Highly recommend especially to LGBT.

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A touching and intimate look at two of the most important figures of Gay culture and "Out-ness" in the twentieth century. Areal love story told with real sincerity. I was captivated by the beauty of their relationship and it's honesty in a time when things were very much under the radar. Both brilliant men, I think their relationship is a testament to true love and respect for individuality in relationships; really showing how the best of intentions can lead to the best outcomes in life, love and career. I liked the footage taken by the lovers of their daily lives together. How lovely.

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Positively great story and narrative & all of the historical film footage of Don & Isherwood really bring this story to life not only as evidence and testament to their love, but to the history of a great love. Really touching and absorbing.

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Has Don, as an older man, been smoking some really bad stuff????

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Life-Affirming documentary of a unique and unusual long term relationship between the much older celebrity and mentor and his protege. Wonderful and sweet in a non-sentimental manner, this film shows the importance of real love that transcends prejudice, stereotypes and time.

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I ENJOYED THIS STORY .I FIND IT RATHER SAD THAT IN SOCIETY AS I SEE IT TODAY WE GRASP ON TO THE LIFE OF BEING STRAIGHT , WITH ALL THE TRADITIONS OF BEING GAY , YET CLINGING ON TO THE VALUES OF THE STRAIGHT SOCIETY . THESE TWO LOVED ONE ANOTHER SO DEEPLY . IN THE END NO MATTER HOW DEEP A RELATIONSHIP GOES SUCH AS CHRIS AND DON'S DID . IN THE END YOU LIVE ALONE AFTER THE DEATH OF A MATE YOU SHARED A WONDERFUL LIFE WITH . NOT MANY OF US CAN FIND THAT PERFECT RELATIONSHIP, NO MATTER HOW MANY FLAWS IT MAY HAVE , TO MAKE IT WORK NO MATTER WHAT. CHRIS , BROUGHT OUT THE BEST IN DON , AS WELL AS DON BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN CHRIS. CHRIS I FEEL FELT LIKE A FATHER FIGURE TO DONN , UP UNTIL DON BECAME OLDER. IN THEIR YOUNGER DAYS . I FEEL DON WAS LOOKING FOR A FATHER FIGURE WHO ALSO COULD BE A UNDERSTANDING LOVER. HAVING THE BACK GROUND THAT CHRIS HAD , HE SHAPED AND MOLDED DON INTO A MAN OF CLASS IN A SOCIETY MANY DO NOT COME TO FIND . THE STORY LINE WAS BEAUTIFUL, HAPPY IN MANY WAYS , AND YOU COULD STILL SEE THE SADNESS AFTER DON LOST CHRIS , WHAT YOU SEE IS THAT DON KEPT GOING ON . HIS PAINTINGS WILL BE A FORTUNE TO THOSE WHO GET TO HAVE THEM THROUGH AUCTIONS , WE SOMETIMES FIND A SOUL MATE AND LIVE A BEAUTIFUL LIFE . I WISH MANY OF THE YOUNGER PEOPLE WHO COME IN AND OUT OF RELATIONSHIPS WOULD JUST GIVE JUST ONE RELATIONSHIP A TRY A LIFE TIME . I KNOW IN MY LIFE I TRIED , BUT WHEN A RELATIONSHIP TURNS BITTER THEN YOU FIND YOUR ALONE . NO OTHER PERSON CAN FILL THE VOID .. THIS HOWEVER IS NOT ABOUT ME I APOLOGIZE FOR WRITING THAT. MY POINT IS IF YOU FIND A PERSON IF YOU ARE HOMOSEXUAL . BECAUSE I HATE THE OTHER WORDS THAT DESCRIBE WHO WE ARE, TO STICK WITH THAT PERSON . NO MATTER WHAT OR HOW BAD IT GETS. THE VOID OF BEING ALONE IS ONE THAT IS VERY SAD IN HEART BREAKING THESE TWO CHAPS , KEPT EACH OTHER HAPPY AND FULL FILLED EACH OTHERS LIFE. I AM NOT SURE IF DON IS SILL ALIVE AND WELL I NEED TO LOOK IT UP . I HAVE NO PAST HISTORY . AND I AM LEARNING TO WRITE REVIEWS. THIS STORY WAS TOUCHING . MANY OF US HOMOSEXUAL MEN WISH WE COULD HAVE HAD WHAT THEY DID . THE DIRECTORS DID A BEAUTIFUL JOB , WRITING ABOUT THE FULL LIFE OF THESE TWO ICONS. I GIVE IT 3 THUMBS UP . SIT ALONE IN MY MIDDLE AGES HERE ALONE , AND ONLY WISH I HAD THE LIFE THAT THESE TWO SHARE AGAIN ITS NOT ABOUT ME I HAD TO INTERJECT MY FEELINGS BECAUSE LIFE IS A STAGE PLAY AND YOU DO NOT GET REWINDS . GOOD STORY . I ENJOYED IT DEEPLY.

Great documentary on two gay icons!

a true love story that captures the ups and downs of this remarkable couple.

Finally, we have a film about a positive gay relationship between two adult men that is not violent or disparaging. This documentary is an inspiration to all failed couples. I really appreciate the honesty Don and Chris had with one another. This is one documentary that rocks. Best LGBT film I've seen this June so far.

An excellent and touching portrait of one of the great enduring personal and artistic relationships of our time.

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this movie was interesting. different, and good to watch at least once if for no other reason to here what life was like in 1910.

Chris and Don give my partner and me high hopes for a good life together.

It was v ery inspiring to see the love of two souls.

touching portrayal of love

There is a lot of similarities in our life with the story of Chris & Don - - -

but there is alot of things we can change - like altering or controlling our own destiny .. xxx

benny & gordon * Partners 7 years x 28 yrs difference x

Excellent portrait of a very real and very human relationship.

It was very touching, romantic and true love life between the love of a older guy and young guy.

Like my own experience! I was the young guy and my partner of 9 years he passed way two years ago, he was 84 years old. I have Hispanic background and he was American! We have to deal with the age difference and cultural,and language difference also. But our love conquer all!! And we share our life and we live happily many years! I missed him so much! And this movie make me cry!

An this "Chris and Don: A Love Story" could be:

"Manuel and Dick : A Love Story".

Thank you!