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The American Isherwood$
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James J. Berg and Chris Freeman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816683611

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.001.0001

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Labor of Love

Labor of Love

Making Chris & Don

Chapter:
(p.25) 2 Labor of Love
Source:
The American Isherwood
Author(s):

Tina Mascara

Guido Santi

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the making of Chris & Don: A Love Story, a feature-length documentary film that chronicles the thirty-year relationship between Christopher Isherwood and his lover Don Bachardy. The authors of this chapter, who directed the film, reflect on the problems and challenges they encountered before they could finish it. They traveled to Ireland to film John Boorman, to Paris to speak with Leslie Caron, and to many other locations, including England and Los Angeles. Going to places like London was particularly difficult in terms of logistics. Also, some of their interviews didn’t pan out as originally planned, as was the case when meeting with David Hockney. They interviewed Don about nine times over a period of two years. Aside from interviews, the directors made use of archival footage shot by the couple from the 1950s, letters, and excerpts from Isherwood’s diaries. Chris & Don premiered in 2007.

Keywords:   documentary film, Chris & Don, Christopher Isherwood, Don Bachardy, John Boorman, Leslie Caron, interviews, David Hockney, letters, diaries

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