Zeitgeist Films | Release Date: June 13, 2008
Summary: Chris & Don: A Love Story is the true-life story of the passionate three-decade relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood 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 animations 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 & Don: A Love Story is above all a joyful celebration of a most extraordinary couple. (Zeitgeist Films)
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Runtime: 90 min
Rating: Not Rated
Production: Asphalt Stars Productions
Genres: Biography, Romance, Documentary
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Feb 24, 2009
Director Credit
Guido Santi Director
Tina Mascara Director
Cast Credit
Charlie Gordon First Dinner Guest
Chris Freman Himself
Don Bachardy Himself - Narrator
E.M. Forster Himself
Eduardo Correia Ahmed
Evelyn Hooker Herself
James Berg Himself
John Boorman Himself
Katherine Bucknell Herself
Kenneth Grimes Paul Bowles
Leslie Caron Herself
Paul Bowles Himself
Sara S. Hodson Herself
Ted Bachardy Himself
W.H. Auden Himself
Producer Credit
Andrew Herwitz Executive Producer
Guido Santi Producer
James White Producer
Julia Alexander Producer
Martina Battistich Associate Producer
Signe Johnson Associate Producer
Tina Mascara Producer