Theater video tags: Joan Didion

Hilton Als on Joan Didion


“Joan Didion taught me that family was always part of the story, along with place, and that the writer’s job was to face the terror, beauty, banality, and truth inherent in being a citizen of both.” In this video, Hilton Als speaks about Joan Didion’s influence on his writing at a celebration of her life and work held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold


“I’ve always found that if I examine something, it’s less scary.” This documentary offers an intimate exploration into the trajectory of Joan Didion’s writing career and her personal struggles. Directed by Didion’s nephew Griffin Dunne, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Harrison Ford, Vanessa Redgrave, Anna Wintour, and others.

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live


“She’s a fearsome critic, essayist, a voice of moral authority, and a deeply intimidating figure.” Joan Didion’s nephew, Griffin Dunne, speaks about Didion’s life and legacy, the subject of a documentary he is codirecting, which is currently being funded through Kickstarter. 


Joan Didion


In this footage from an interview with NBC's Tom Brokaw in the 1970s, Joan Didion, who is shown with her late husband John Gregory Dunne, talks about the power of writing ("It's the only aggressive act I have") and her love of California ("I'm not sure I could work in a city"). Of course, Didion moved to New York City in 1988 and has lived there ever since. Near the end of the clip, watch Didion's poignant response to Brokaw's question about her optimism about the future.

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