Chris and Don – A Love Story
No one believed they could last so long…
DIRECTORS: Guido Santi & Tina Mascara
USA 2007 90min
When, in his late forties, upper class English world-renowned literary light Christopher Isherwood (Cabaret was based on his book Goodbye to Berlin) took up with fresh-faced 18-year-old Californian Don Bachardy many, even people celebrated for their liberal attitude, were shocked. Their love, however persisted, against expectation and the class and experience divide, to last 34 years until Isherwood’s death in 1986. The film truthfully explores the chronological progression of their relationship, revealing the ups and downs, the infidelities, as well as the character negotiations and unconscious imitation that happens in most marriages of this length. Told with poise and compassion through interviews, and using extraordinary archival footage and home movies that reveal Hollywood in its heyday, this gentle and beguiling film relates the depths of their enduring love.
- GLAAD Media Award 2009 – Oustanding Documentary (Nominated)
- Gotham Awards 2008 – Best Documentary (Nominated)
- Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2008 – Jury Award – Best Documentary (Won)