Chris & Don: a love story

Chris & Don: a love story             
A film by Guido Santi & Tina Mascara
Running time: 90 mins.                                    
 
This 2007 documentary film chronicles the true-life story of the passionate, three-decade relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood (whose Berlin Stories was the basis for the musical CABARET) and American portrait painter Don Bachardy, thirty years his junior. From Isherwood's Kit-Kat-Club years in Weimer-era Germany to the sun-kissed beaches of Malibu, their against-all-odds saga is brought to life through fascinating reminiscences from Don and Hollywood friends such as Liza Minelli, Leslie Caron and John Boorman who recount the many struggles the two faced as one of Hollywood's first openly gay couples. Excerpts from Isherwood's diaries, rare home movies (from the 1950s) with legendary artists such as W.H. Auden, Igor Stravinsky and Tennessee Williams, and playful animations are also included. With Isherwood's status as an out-and-proud gay hero, and Bachardy's eventual artistic success away from the considerable shadow of his life partner, Chris & Don: a love story is, above all, a joyful celebration of a most extraordinary couple.
 
"WILD APPLAUSE! This is the portrait of a marriage as full and enviable as the greatest unions in literature." -- San Francisco Chronicle
 
"Of all the people I came to know in LA, their marriage was the only one that endured."  -- John Boorman, filmmaker
 
"Tender, extremely touching!" -- Stephen Holden, The New York Times
 
"Recounts a love that approaches the transcendental." -- David Edelstein, New York Magazine
 
  *Screening of Chris & Don: a love story will be followed by a commentary and Q & A presented and facilitated by Bradford. 

 

  • October 17, 2022 at 6:00pm – 9pm
  • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
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