7.6/10
811
13 user 27 critic

Chris & Don. A Love Story (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Romance | 13 June 2008 (USA)
Trailer
2:27 | Trailer
The love story between British writer, Christopher Isherwood (whose book 'The Berlin Stories' inspired the musical and film Cabaret) and Don Bachardy, American portrait artist.
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Jeffrey (1995)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jeffrey, a young gay man in New York, decides that sex is too much and decides to become celibate. He immediately meets the man of his dreams and must decide whether or not love is worth ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Ashley
Stars: Steven Weber, Michael T. Weiss, Peter Jacobson
Latter Days (2003)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.

Director: C. Jay Cox
Stars: Wes Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss, Mary Kay Place
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary about two gay men as they live through their last months of life with AIDS.

Directors: Peter Friedman, Tom Joslin
Stars: Liane Bonin, Tom Joslin, Mark Massi
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Jamie re-encounters his old school friend, Kevin, who has been suffering from depression and must make a choice between following his heart or society.

Director: Simon Chung
Stars: Brenda Chan, Candy Cheung, Kevin Ip
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.

Director: Morgan Neville
Stars: Alan Cumming, Peter Bogdanovich, Oja Kodar
London Spy (2015)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A chance romance between two men from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess, leads into mystery after one of them is found murdered.

Stars: Ben Whishaw, Edward Holcroft, Jim Broadbent
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

While on quests to pursue love, sex, and fame with his friends in Los Angeles, Ulysses' premonitory dreams make him question the possible presence of a dark and monstrous conspiracy.

Stars: Avan Jogia, Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman
Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick
Paragraph 175 (2000)
Documentary | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: Rupert Everett, Klaus Müller, Karl Gorath
Christopher and His Kind (TV Movie 2011)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

How real-life British-American author Christopher Isherwood and his German boyfriend Heinz met and fell in love during the 1930s and the rise of Nazism.

Director: Geoffrey Sax
Stars: Matt Smith, Imogen Poots, Lindsay Duncan
McQueen (2018)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen: from his start as a tailor, to launching and overseeing his eponymous line and his untimely death.

Directors: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
Stars: Bernard Arnault, Joseph Bennett, Detmar Blow
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
W.H. Auden W.H. Auden ... Himself (archive footage)
Don Bachardy Don Bachardy ... Himself
Ted Bachardy Ted Bachardy ... Himself
James Berg James Berg ... Himself (as Jim Berg)
John Boorman ... Himself
Paul Bowles ... Himself (archive footage)
Katherine Bucknell Katherine Bucknell ... Herself
Leslie Caron ... Herself
Eduardo Correia Eduardo Correia ... Ahmed
E.M. Forster ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Freeman Chris Freeman ... Himself
Charlie Gordon Charlie Gordon ... First Dinner Guest
Kenneth Grimes Kenneth Grimes ... Paul Bowles (as Ken Grimes)
Sara S. Hodson Sara S. Hodson ... Herself
Evelyn Hooker Evelyn Hooker ... Herself (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

Depicts the remarkable life of artist Don Bachardy and his relationship with the distinguished writer Christopher Isherwood. Includes footage shot by Chris and Don in the 1950s and interviews with Leslie Caron, John Boorman, Liza Minnelli, and others. Isherwood and Bachardy were open about their life together, regardless of the waves it caused. This was during a period when gay relationships were not acceptable. The age difference in their relationship brought obvious personal problems that had to be addressed. Don often felt disregarded by Chris's famous friends and frequently was. Nevertheless, Bachardy pursued his art career with great energy, painting and drawing every day. Finding a vocation gave Don a sense of fulfillment and independence. He began to realize that he could function independently, which made him question whether he wanted to stay with Isherwood. Don toyed with leaving the relationship and striking out on his own, however he decided not to as he realized his love ... Written by Asphalt Stars Productions

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

No one believed they could last so long...


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chris & Don: Uma História de Amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,337, 15 June 2008

Gross USA:

$216,110

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,110
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Of Human Bondage (1934) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I was wrong about this one
2 August 2008 | by Michael FargoSee all my reviews

This documentary covers a lot of ground: sexuality, aging, death, spirituality, art, literature, war, celebrity, alternative life styles, tragedy, mental health, drug use…and love. Pure and simple love.

Now I went to this movie reluctantly. The subject matter of the lives of the famous has worn—if not all of us—me down with the 24 hour news cycle. Christopher Isherwood's literary contributions were more a bridge than, say, the works of W.H. Auden which stand alone in any age. To unveil, posthumously, his private life examining the testament of his living lover, I was braced for something like testimony contesting Rock Hudson's estate.

But, I was very wrong.

Whether you can sit and hear the word "queer" and flinch or not (in any of its incantations either pejorative or defiance), it quickly doesn't matter. There is such a wealth of first hand material (photos, film footage, paintings, drawings, interviews) we don't have time to judge (as I was prepared to do) the age difference of the two subjects or their lifestyles.

Whatever the staying power of Isherwood's written words, his legacy as a gentle human being is forever preserved in this film. And whether or not Don Bachardy was "abused" by an older man or not, we're so dazzled—as the young Bachardy must have been—by the world he's invited into with Isherwood, we don't have time to sit in judgment of anyone. And that's a good thing, because at the end of the day, and at the end of this film—as at the end of these people's lives—it's for them to say whether their story was one of fulfilled love or something pathological. And what is revealed here by both the diaries of Christopher Isherwood and the loving testimony of his partner cannot be denied.

I had some quibbles with the choices made by the filmmakers, however. The use of animation seems like unnecessary padding. Only once (during a rough period in the relationship) is it well used, and the score is patchy. When jazz from the period is used it matches what we see on screen; but the original music seems generic. My biggest objection was using actors to stage some crucial events. There is such a wealth of archival footage that I began to doubt which was real and what was staged. I think using actors sells everyone--including the audience--short. What the principals have to say is so powerful, we didn't need what has become an almost obligatory trend in documentary films.

The interviews are all carefully chosen and never intrude into anything we'd call inappropriate or salacious. And the central character here, Don Bacarady, is allowed the freedom to say what he wants (most of it very funny) and he holds little back.

It's a great love story, and it's told at a time when our Country is considering whether or not it should sanction same sex marriage. Well, there's nothing here that would point towards not doing that. Yet no one on the screen has an agenda or an ax to grind. I think it was during an interview with Leslie Caron when she remembers something Isherwood says—he delays his death because "Don isn't ready"—that I realized this was no ordinary love story, it was a true love story. And it's heartbreaking and a mind-opener. Go see it.


30 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed