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Critic wrangle: “Chris & Don. A Love Story.”

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06132008_chrisanddon.jpg“Chris & Don. A Love Story” is a documentary about the longterm romance between artist Don Bachardy and “Berlin Stories” writer Christopher Isherwood — the two met when Bachardy was 18 and Isherwood some 30 years older, and were together, openly, for three decades, through times not always hospitable to gay relationships. Tina Mascara and Guido Santi directed; Bachardy is now 74 and Isherwood passed away over 20 years ago.

Grouping “Chris & Don” with Derek Jarman doc “Derek,” Armond White at the New York Press writes that “These gay documentaries show more loving than today’s gay film fiction… by examining this older/younger couple for differences of social circumstance, individual ego and personal desire that pertain to any love relationship, Santi and Mascara present a complex testament of gay experience.” Similar sentiments from Michael Koresky at indieWIRE: “If only someone would make a fictional gay romance that had as much feeling and depth as Tina Mascara and Guido Santi’s “Chris & Don: A Love Story”:

This documentary is wholly suffused with genuine romantic longing, even as it purposefully investigates the complex bonds between the two men — as lovers, as artists, as mentor/protege, as father/son surrogates — with psychological clarity. While in description, a documentary focusing on the experiences of one pair of lovers might sound hermetic, “Chris & Don” comes across as remarkably expansive; rarely is love depicted onscreen with this much soul-rattling care.

Stephen Holden at the New York Times calls the film an “elegantly structured documentary,” while Chuck Wilson at the LA Weekly notes how “to describe the novelist’s final days, Bachardy opens a drawer and begins pulling out the magnificent deathbed drawings he did of Isherwood — a fusion of art and love that’s deeply moving.” Ernest Hardy at the Village Voice suggests that it’s the subject matter of the film that’s more groundbreaking than the craft behind it: “Tina Mascara and Guido Santi’s film uses standard documentary-filmmaking tools to celebrate three entities–Isherwood, Bachardy, and their relationship–that flaunted all the rules.” “A whole other documentary would be necessary to do full justice to either Isherwood’s writings or Bachardy’s portraits, yet the beauty of the film lies in how it reveals the ways their art reflects their feelings for each other, challenging their cultural disparities as well as the passage of time,” concludes Fernando F. Croce at Slant.

[Photo: “Chris & Don. A Love Story,” Zeitgeist Films, 2007]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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