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
Play It As It Lays
This adaptation of Joan Didion’s Hollywood novel offers a hypnotic, distinctive, and underappreciated vision of L.A. anomie.
Tue Oct 25 2022 7:30 PM
The Panic in Needle Park
Adapted for the screen by Joan Didion, this harrowing chronicle of addiction marked the debut of a young Al Pacino.
Thu Nov 3 2022 7:30 PM
The Third Man
Carol Reed’s tenebrous thriller, about a writer investigating a friend’s death in postwar Vienna, was a favorite of Joan Didion.
Sat Nov 12 2022 7:30 PM
In this keystone of director John Ford’s inquiry into the psychosis of American racism, John Wayne gives one of his finest performances.
Tue Nov 15 2022 7:30 PM
The Night of the Iguana
An adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play about the unraveling of a defrocked clergyman working as a tour guide in Mexico.
Fri Nov 18 2022 7:30 PM
The Wild Angels, with Roger Corman
This exploitation vehicle about an outlaw motorcycle club helped inaugurate the biker film as a genre. Live intro by director Roger Corman!
Tue Nov 29 2022 7:30 PM
Didion and the Counterculture
Short films by Agnès Varda, Kenneth Anger, and Ralph Arlyck, plus a Newsreel doc, offer contrasting vibe reports on 1960s counterculture.
Sun Dec 4 2022 7:00 PM