A wonderfully crafted documentary about a most unusual long-term relationship, Chris & Don. A Love Story chronicles a 35-year love affair that was way ahead of its time in all sorts of interesting ways. At a time when the concept of gay marriage is being fiercely debated, it's instructive to meet one couple who shacked up in 1952 and went full steam ahead.
Christopher Isherwood was one of the most prominent publicly homosexual personalities of his era. A successful writer from the 1920s on (he wrote the Berlin stories that evolved into Cabaret), he left his native England before World War II and crafted a nice life as a screenwriter and novelist in Santa Monica. It was there on a beach where Isherwood, age 48, came across 18-year-old local boy Don Bachardy and his older brother Ted. Both were gay, and both were quite ready to be welcomed into Isherwood's glamorous life. Don was the one who really captivated Isherwood, and they were soon living together with no secrets. If some observers thought they were actually father and son, then so be it.
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