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Chris & Don

2007 Documentary

Guido Santi and Tina Mascara's documentary Chris and Don. A Love Story traces the romantic relationship between writer Christopher Isherwood and painter Don Bachardy. The filmmakers utilize interviews with Don himself, as well as personal documents belonging to Isherwood, in order to show how the duo nurtured each other's artistic instincts while establishing a deep emotional bond that survived even after Isherwood's passing.

Director: Tina Mascara

Reviews

  • A celebration -- of love, commitment and devotion until the bitter end. Gay and straight viewers alike are sure to be inspired by this lyrical testament to a corollary of Tolstoy's famous dictum: Every unhappy family might be unhappy in its own way, but every genuinely happy family is a triumph.

    Ann Hornaday - The Washington Post

    19 January 2013

  • This is the portrait of a marriage as full and enviable as the greatest unions in literature.

    - The San Francisco Chronicle

    19 January 2013

  • The elegantly structured documentary weaves extensive footage of Mr. Bachardy rummaging through their house and reminiscing with readings from Isherwood's diaries by Michael York, old interviews with Isherwood, home movies of their travels and glamorous social life, and commentary by friends, including Leslie Caron and the British filmmaker John Boorman.

    Stephen Holden - The New York Times

    19 January 2013

  • Even a klutz could hardly make a bad movie about these compelling figures. Thankfully though, Guido Santi and Tina Mascara are superb filmmakers, fully alive in their terrific film Chris & Don: A Love Story to all the undercurrents of art, social class, sexual orientation, challenging relationships and, most especially, the touching love story at the heart of their film.

    Kirk Honeycutt - The Hollywood Reporter

    19 January 2013

  • A fascinating documentary, one much better than its rather flat and unimaginative title.

    - The Chicago Tribune

    19 January 2013

Awards

  • Best Documentary

    Chlotrudis Awards (2009)

     
  • Outstanding Documentary

    GLAAD Media Awards (2009)

     
  • Guido Santi

    Gotham Awards (2008)

     
  • Best Documentary

    Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2008)