Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Years in the making, Griffin Dunne’s portrait of his aunt Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable literary career and personal struggles.

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Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold / Reviews

Vox

Vox

Its workmanlike cinematic language can’t quite capture the urgency and expansiveness of Didion’s vision as a writer, and how keenly and bitingly she managed to forecast the insanities that plague our time.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It's that the closeness with Dunne, as well as his complete familiarity with the boldface-names life she and her husband led in both Los Angeles and New York, has given this film a quality of personal intimacy that makes it moving and involving.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Ms. Didion’s triumph, as a writer and a human being, has been to take the age for what it is, to pinpoint how she saw it, and to stick it out.

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Vulture

Vulture

Her ability to take in the chaos and darkness of the ’70s and find some kind of acceptance through her writing is what makes her as relevant as ever.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The fact that it was made by her nephew, actor/filmmaker Griffin Dunne, gives it a warmth and intimacy that might not have graced a more standard documentary.

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