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Chris & Don: A Love Story (2008) Chris was British writer Christopher Isherwood, whose Berlin Stories became the basis for Cabaret ; Don is artist Don Bachardy, more than 30 years Isherwood's… 2008-06-13 Unrated PT90M Documentary
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Chris & Don: A Love Story (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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Chris & Don: A Love Story | DYNAMIC DUO Chris & Don: A Love Story explores the complicated 30-year romance of writer Christopher Isherwood (left) and artist Don Bachardy
DYNAMIC DUO Chris & Don: A Love Story explores the complicated 30-year romance of writer Christopher Isherwood (left) and artist Don Bachardy
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Jun 13, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Documentary

Chris was British writer Christopher Isherwood, whose Berlin Stories became the basis for Cabaret; Don is artist Don Bachardy, more than 30 years Isherwood's junior, who was a teenage movie-star-struck Californian in the early '50s when he met the man who would be his life partner until Isherwood's death in 1986. Their love story was inevitably complicated. And so is the documentary Chris & Don: A Love Story — not simply a love letter to love — by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara. The work is a reflective hodgepodge of unnervingly ''cute'' animation, reenactments, archival footage, and Bachardy's own reminiscences, spoken in the singular British accent he invented just as he invented his own unorthodox life. B+

Originally posted Jun 13, 2008 Published in issue #998 Jun 20, 2008 Order article reprints