Black and white photo of Joan Didion reclining on a couch with a cigarette in her hand
Program Series

Can’t Get That Monster Out of My Mind: Joan Didion and Cinema

Copresented by the Hammer Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Cinema, and Hollywood in particular, casts a long shadow across the writings of Joan Didion. This series seeks to measure its reach in a variety of ways, considering her work as a screenwriter and her influences, as well those directors who share a subject with Didion but diverge, sometimes dramatically, from her unflinching perspective.

Series curated and program notes by Thomas Beard

Visit the exhibition Joan Didion: What She Means before the films. On screening nights, galleries will be open until 7:30 p.m.
Photo credit: Mary Lloyd Estrin, 1977