Chris & Don: A Love Story

Guido Santi, Tina Mascara, 2007   |    02/12 7:00pm

Venue: Lombard Cafe

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In (dis)honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re proud to present two documentaries that explore - and shatter - one of the last dating taboos: age-gap relationships.

First up, Older Women and Love (d. Camille Billops & James Hatch, 1987, 26 min) is a touching and often funny look at older women-younger men relationships, with both filmmakers and a diverse cast candidly addressing the dynamics of intergenerational love.

Then, Chris & Don: A Love Story (d. Tina Mascara & Guido Santi, 2007, 90 min) charts the lifelong relationship between writer Christopher Isherwood (whose novels inspired Cabaret) and his much-younger lover, artist Don Bachardy. The two met on Valentine’s Day 1953 - when Isherwood was 48 and Bachardy was just 18 - and stayed together until Isherwood’s death in 1986. Far from a scandal, the film celebrates a lasting, mutually fulfilling love that refused to hide even when homosexuality itself was taboo.

$5 for entry. NOTAFLOF. Please wear a mask and bring a friend or lover.